How to Clone Orchids With Keiki Paste
How to use keiki paste with the plant hormone cytokinin to encourage epiphytic orchids to grow new baby plants, also known as "keikis".
Melissa J. Will
mature, not in flower
Choose a dormant bud on a flower branch of your orchid to propagate. Counting from the base, this should be the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th bud on the (not-in-flower) stem.
1 Orchid plant
Gently remove/peel off any leafy sheath covering the bud.
Use a chopstick to apply a scant amount of keiki paste directly onto the bud. Discard any excess.
Continue routine care of the plant. If a keiki (baby orchid) is going to form, you should notice the bud swelling and beginning to grow within a month.
See the article for important tips on choosing the best orchid to propagate, timing, and application of the keiki paste.
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