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    Jay and All,
    I've seen some of these adult truncata, and sometimes they can be stubborn where side or ground shoots are concerned. Personally, I would be hestitant to chop off the top to induce side shoots or ground shoots. We have found keikigrow to be very effective in spurring a new shoot lower down the vine. Once the treated eye (or eyes if you treat more than one)throws a new leaf, then top the plant, and the new growths will move ahead rapidly. We have about an 80 percent success rate with keikigrow.
    Hope this is helpful.
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    Thanks.

    Trent: your suggestion definitely sounds like a winner. I'll apply some keiki paste to a few of the lower nodes and see what happens.

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    Erm...what's keiki paste?
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    "Walking through the greenhouse on Christmas eve!"

    Trent, where can I obtain some of this Keikipaste? I would like to try it on some species like N. hamata most notably, it has so many little nodes on that vine and I would like to spur them so I could get a bunch of plantlets from it.

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    Keikis are the side shoots that appear on certain species of orchids, notably dendrobiums and phalaenopsis, often where flowers normally develop. They turn into plantlets that can be remove and grown separately. Keiki paste is a hormone used by orchid growers to promote the occurence of keikis. I think it comes from the Hawaiian word for child?

    You should be able to get it from nurseries which sell orchids, or online.
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    Hi Everyone,
    Dustin, we get it from an orchid supply house in Miami where we buy media and pots. They go by the name of OFE, and take out ads regularly in Orchids magazine and have a website-I think its OFE International or something like that. They should be easy to find.
    N. hamata would be a perfect candidate for KeikiGrow. What we do is apply it to nodes (eyes) lower down on the vine. Once they start, we cut the top to make one or more cuttings from the plant. We are using it to propagate some of our better clones. Once the vine is cut, the sprouting eyes will take off.

    Trent

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    You could also try - if your truncata / setup allows - to lower the growth tip below the level of the plant base for a few months. This should also have an impact on the apical dominance and might induce basal offshoots.
    Havn't tried it with truncata yet, though.
    Or even try ground layering, if you want to root the top at the same time.
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