Monday, November 21, 2005

My first orchid keiki!

I have a baby orchid plant developing on my Pleurothallis restrepioides (dragonstone). Apprently a keiki develops instead of flower when the plant has had less than ideal conditions (according to a friend, it was likely too warm for this plant). I'm a little bit disappointed that I didn't get to see the bloom on this plant, which is apparently supposed to be foul-smelling! I think the bathroom was too warm for this cool orchid during the summer and into September/October. Oh well, it's a new baby plant! It has about eight good-sized roots right now and one new leaf developing. Will probably wait until it has two or three developed leaves before giving it a new home.

I found some instructions on propagating orchid keikis (apparently Phalaenopsis orchids develop keikis), as well as information specific to Pleurothallis keikis. Here is what the flower would have looked like. And finally, here is a web site dedicated to the Pleurothallid Alliance.


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