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My little orchid has produced a baby - what do I do with it?

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,852
My lovely little orchid flowered for 9 months.
I cut back one of the flowering stems as advised by a forum member and I was hoping for a new flower shoot.
Instead a baby orchid has started growing.
I'd like to save it - any advice as to what I should do?
Thanks



I think it's a moth orchid - this is it in flower-

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  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 3,010
    I don't know the answer but just wanted to say what a lovely, healthy plant Pete.8 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,928
    Let the baby grow out roots, then cut it off and plant into bark into a clear pot.  Do a search for 'orchid keiki'.  
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  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 2,396
    Agree with @Blue Onion - a similar method to propagating Dendrobium species.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,852
    Thanks @Uff I've been thrilled with it - it flowered for 9 months then the baby popped-up. Great value for £10

    Thanks also @Blue Onion and @philippasmith2
    I can see a tiny root forming.
    How long should the roots get before I chop it off and plant it?


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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,928
    At least 2-3 inches long.  'Baby' the baby more than you do the adult, until the roots are well established in the bark mix.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,852
    Will do - thanks @Blue Onion :)

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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