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#295322 - 03/18/12 01:04 AM honohono keiki planting
jayako Offline
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Hey Gang,

I am super new here to orchids. I am looking to get some good tips on Honohono growing. I have a ton of growing sheets on the seasons but I am having a bit of a time understanding what to cut on some of my plants after the flowers die and how to plant the keikis when the sprout. I would love any pointers on this. Thanks, I live in Honolulu

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#295328 - 03/18/12 08:37 AM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: jayako]
briguy Offline
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howdy and welcome to the forum
are you speaking of Dendrobium anosmum?
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#295351 - 03/18/12 07:01 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: briguy]
DenMother Offline
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Yes, in Hawaii, the superbums/anosmums are called "honohono".

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#295352 - 03/18/12 07:04 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: jayako]
DenMother Offline
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Why cut the canes at all? the keikis will need years to reach blooming size, but with good care the plant will produce one or more new canes this season, to bloom next year at this time. The larger and stronger the main plant -- with its live canes intact -- the better the flowering.

The growers cut the canes in order to propagate the plants.

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#295353 - 03/18/12 07:09 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: jayako]
Ricardo in PR Offline
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Put the keikis over some media that can hold water relatively well since they have much smaller reserves that the adult plants. Don't bury them in the media, allow their roots to penetrate the media on their own accord. My favorie media for anosmum keikis is coconut husk pieces cut into squares. The keikis need to be in shadier spot than the adults until they have produced at least two new canes. The care they get depends on their size, any keiki with just a single cane that is less than six inches long needs a lot more care than one with two canes and some root development. I personally don't cut the canes from my adult plants until they are three years old. Cutting the canes into pieces that are too small, (less than six inches) will produce weaker keikis that will need, initally much more care than the keikis produced by larger pieces. Some of my friend put the pieces of the old canes over wet sand. I personally am happy with whatever keiki I get from my plants and only very rarely cut canes that are younger than three years.
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#295362 - 03/18/12 11:50 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: Ricardo in PR]
jayako Offline
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Hi Ricardo, thank you so much for your advice. I was so confused on what to cut and if I truly had to cut at all. Now I know that you do not have to cut. Okay. Thanks for the tips and I will see what happens if I leave the plants alone. I also checked out your blog and the section that you had on the honohonos. Wow I hope some day my plants will thrive like that. Right now all but one of my plants are in bloom. Actually the one that is not in bloom yet but is budding is the only one that I have been growing on my own. I have 2 white Nesters that are in bloom 2 little sweet scents that are in bloom and I just bought a plant called touch of class from a show yesterday. The smells are wonderful. Is there any way to get more plants that smell like this all of the time or am i asking to much. Well thanks any way. talk to you soon.

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#295363 - 03/18/12 11:52 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: DenMother]
jayako Offline
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Thanks DenMother

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#295376 - 03/19/12 08:03 AM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: jayako]
DenMother Offline
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You're welcome. These are some of my favorite orchids!

Some of my anosmums and aphyllums are blooming now, I'm waiting (not patiently!) for the Nestors and Little Sweet Scents to bloom.

Enjoy!

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#302520 - 06/17/12 06:06 PM Re: honohono keiki planting [Re: jayako]
Michael G. Heinz Offline
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Registered: 06/17/12
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There is a very good Orchid Society in your area that you should join. There is so much info available at these meeting that it makes going worthwhile. I'm in Florida, but I went to Hawaii five years ago and went to an orchid show while I was there, and joined the society that put the show on. H & R (Roy Tokanaga) is on the island and he can supply you with info to answer all your questions.

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