All plants have adventitious buds. These are buds that are produced to ensure the survival of the original plant in the event of a natural disaster. Keikigrow Plus enhances the development of these buds without damaging the original plant. Most gardeners will be familiar with pinching out the main shoots of Chrysanthemums. This results in the adventitious buds growing in order to save the original plant, but in effect serving to make the plant bushier and more productive of stems, leaves and flowers. Keikigrow Plus accomplishes the same effect in orchids and other plants without requiring the original stress (pinching).
Keikigrow Plus was originally developed in order to propagate an endangered, infertile Phalaenopsis. (See AOS bulletin Oct 1980, p1123 & Feb 1982 p136) It has now been demonstrated that the regulator may be applied to almost any adventitious bud on any plant.
Keikigrow Plus must be applied AFTER the last flower has faded on a Phalaenopsis orchis. If Keikigrow Plus is applied earlier you may obtain more flower spikes instead of keikis. Phalaenopsis respond with almost 100% success except for a few hybrids of species such as Phal stuartiana.
Apply Keikigrow Plus to ANY dormant bud which you think should develop. Even dried out buds may sometimes be jarred into action. If you cannot see a bud, apply the regulator anyhow. There is always a dormant bud at the base of a leaf or a pseudobulb. When a plant has been injured, these buds are frequently swollen and ready to develop. Keikigrow Plus adds the extra strength to the natural hormone which may cause the bud to develop.
If the texture of the growth which you are treating is harsh, hard or resistant to penetration, warm the Keikigrow Plus until it is quite soft and then gently rub it into the bud with the applicator. Do not use too much, the amount the size of a small green pea is the maximum you should use.
Use Keikigrow Plus on any back growths removed during repotting. Cover the bud on the back division and place the plant in a moist area.
Cattleya hybrids and Phycopsis species have been particularly responsive to Keikigrow Plus.
Keikigrow Plus also works with roses, rubber plants, schlefflera, dieffenbachia, bonsais, cacti and Nepenthes pitcher plants.
DIRECTIONS FOR USING KEIKIGROW PLUS WITH PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
Follow normal sanitary precautions. Wash hands and any utensils to be used in a mild disinfectant solution. Keep KEIKIGROW away from eyes, skin and children. Store at room temperature and use within one year of date of purchase.
Apply KEIKIGROW to the meristem tissue on flower spikes of your selected plant. The meristem tissue surrounds a tiny bud under the covering bract around each node on the flower spike. Treat 3 to 4 nodes per spike up to a maximum of 2 spikes per plant. Be careful not to damage the small bud or the meristem tissue during application.
HOW TO USE1. Carefully split the bract (coloured brown) covering the node with the tip of a clean sharp knife.2. Peel back and remove the bract covering with tweezers.3. Spread KEIKIGROW lightly over the tiny dormant bud and the tender area around it. A flat toothpick makes a handy and disposable applicator.4. Repeat every ten days or more often during conditions of extreme heat.
DIRECTIONS FOR USING KEIKIGROW PLUS ON BACKBULBS AND CANES OF ORCHIDS SUCH AS AUSTRALIAN DENDROBIUMS, CATTLEYAS & CYMBIDIUMSKeikigrow plus can be used to treat both the dormant buds at the base of canes or bulbs and those at the top of the canes near the base of the leaves in Dendrobiums. Treating the lower buds produces new growths while treating those at the top (which normally produce flower spikes) generally results in keikis.
- Carefully remove the covering over the lower buds (if shoots rather than keikis are wanted) with the tip of a clean sharp knife
- Spread Keikigrow plus lightly over the tiny dormant bud and the tender area around it. A flat toothpickmakes a handy and disposable applicator.
- Repeat every ten days or more often during conditions of extreme heat.