Re: keikei and cats

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Posted by amy on June 08, 2003 at 09:53:07:

In Reply to: Re: Leaves turning yellow in colour (dendrobium) posted by Aaron Tester-Hall on April 04, 2003 at 17:46:33:

So happy to hear the orchid is doing well. My cats often nibbled my collection of orchids as well. The only thing I've found to be helpful with that is spraying the cats with lemon-water. But if they start feeling neglected and want my attention, there is no stopping them...

The new growth at the base of the plant is a sign of good health for the plant. It is called a "keikei" and means baby in Hawaiian (I think...). If you wanted to multiply your # of plants, you could separate this plant from the "mother plant" and repot the keikei. But I do not recommend this. I believe it is much more attractive for the plant to grow into it's pot with these growths. And soon enough you will have several blooming stalks on the same plant. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy! And great work with your new plant.

: Well, the orchid is doing fairly well...or should I say, it was doing well...until one of my two cats decided to munch on the blooms. I trimmed back the flower stalk, repotted the orchid and I am giving it an orchid food, watering around once a week.
: something funny is happening appears that a new shoot (not flower stalk but new leaves), growing from the base of the plant. Should this be of some concern? Often I see otrchids with only one group of leaves, but this one has several.

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