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I have had this trusty orchid for many years and it has given me many lovely sprays of flowers but now it has given me a baby orchid! I have propagated from stem plants but not sure how to deal with this.enter image description here

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You don't need to do anything IanJ. At least, not now. Perhaps when the new orchid starts to get a bit bigger you might think about re-potting or perhaps you might think about separating the two orchids all together. Congratulations, it's a girl.

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to propagate orchids you have 2 options

1st method is the Stem Cutting method which you mentioned in the question.

2nd method is the Keiki Cutting method. (the best way in my opinion)

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keep the keiki with its mother for now until gets at least 2-3 leaves and at least 1 inch long roots

caution only separate the plants when your keiki is ready there is no need to rush as @rob suggested

1 ) water the mother plant the day before you choose to separate the two to give the keiki a better chance of survival.

2) then cut the baby orchid below the roots so that it can sustain itself with it's own roots.

3) pot your new orchid in a suitable growing medium just like the mother has.

:) free orchid

keiki = baby in Hawaiian

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  • I always thought a Keiki was defined as a new plant growing on the flower stalk (for Phalaenopsis), not what we are seeing here? – Stephie Feb 20 at 19:52
  • it's a baby keiki the best type :) – seedelicious Feb 20 at 21:30

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