How Do You Identify A Keiki? — Orchid Secrets

How Do You Identify A Keiki?

This post is a part of a larger series on orchid keikis.

Keiki is the Hawaiian word for “child.” When it comes to orchids, a keiki is a new orchid plant that’s been growing from an existing orchid stem. So how do you identify a keiki? There are several telltale signs to look for. In this post, we’ll cover four of the most common ones.

How Do You Identify A Keiki?

First, let’s start with the basics. A keiki is a new orchid plant that’s been growing from an existing orchid stem. The most common type of keiki is called an aerial root, which is a small plant that grows out of the leaf axils (the area where the leaves meet the stem). Aerial roots are usually white or green, and they’re often mistaken for flower buds.

Another type of keiki is called a rhizome, which is a thick, fleshy root that grows horizontally just below the soil surface. Rhizomes are often seen in Phalaenopsis orchids, and they can sometimes be mistaken for diseased roots.

Here are four signs to look for that will help you identify a keiki:

1. The plant is growing in an unusual place.

If you see a small plant growing out of the leaf axils (the area where the leaves meet the stem), it’s most likely an aerial root keiki. Aerial roots are often white or green, and they’re often mistaken for flower buds.

2. The plant has a different color than the rest of the plant.

If you see a small plant that’s a different color than the rest of the plant, it’s most likely a rhizome keiki. Rhizomes are often seen in Phalaenopsis orchids, and they can sometimes be mistaken for diseased roots.

3. The plant is growing in a pot that’s too small.

If you see a plant that’s growing in a pot that’s too small, it’s most likely a keiki. Keiki often need to be repotted into larger pots because they quickly outgrow their current pot.

4. The plant has flowers that are different from the rest of the plant.

If you see a plant with flowers that are different from the rest of the plant, it’s most likely a keiki. Keiki often have flowers that are a different color or shape than the rest of the plant.

Keep an eye out for these four signs, and you’ll be able to identify a keiki with ease!

10 Related FAQs

1) What is the best way to pot a keiki?

A: The best way to pot a keiki is in a well-draining potting mix that’s slightly larger than the current pot. Keiki often need to be repotted into larger pots because they quickly outgrow their current pot.

2) How do I water a keiki?

A: Water your keiki when the potting mix is dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

3) How much light does a keiki need?

A: Keiki need bright, indirect light. direct sunlight can scorch their leaves.

4) What type of fertilizer should I use for a keiki?

A: Use a balanced fertilizer that’s diluted to half the strength recommended on the package. Keiki are sensitive to too much fertilizer, so it’s important not to overdo it.

5) How often should I fertilize a keiki?

A: Fertilize your keiki every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Cut back to once a month in the fall and winter.

6) Is it normal for a keiki to lose its leaves?

A: Yes, it’s normal for a keiki to lose its leaves when it’s first starting out. The leaves will eventually grow back.

7) My keiki’s leaves are turning yellow. What does this mean?

A: If your keiki’s leaves are turning yellow, it’s likely due to too much fertilizer. Cut back on the fertilizer and water your plant more frequently.

8) My keiki’s leaves are turning brown. What does this mean?

A: If your keiki’s leaves are turning brown, it’s likely due to too little water. Water your plant more frequently and make sure the potting mix is well-draining.

9) Is it normal for a keiki to bloom?

A: Yes, it’s normal for a keiki to bloom. Keiki often have flowers that are a different color or shape than the rest of the plant.

10) Should I remove the keiki from the parent plant?

A: You can remove the keiki from the parent plant if you want, but it’s not necessary. Keiki will eventually grow into full-sized plants.

Conclusion

Identifying a keiki is easy if you know what to look for! Keep an eye out for aerial roots, different colors, small pots, and different shaped flowers. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask a professional at your local nursery or garden center. Thanks for reading!