Orchid – Blooming from Stem Roots

Q: My orchid is confused! All the things that were supposed to be in the bottom of the pot came out on the stem. I don’t know what to call the light colored things but they made a bloom stem!

A: You have a keiki! This is a Hawaiian word meaning “child” or “baby”.

The white things are the orchid’s roots that formed on a bloom stem. They gave rise to the second bloom stem. When the bloom fades you can make cuts and inch above and an inch below it to free it. Repot it in dampened long-strand sphagnum moss in an orchid pot with slits along the sides.

Now you’ll have two orchids to enjoy!


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