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Keiki Cloning Paste Review – Does it work?

 

 

Keiki Cloning Paste – A lot of conversation is currently happening on Social Media regarding the effects of Keiki paste on plants. Some people claim it works great whilst others say it didn’t work for them at all. The idea is to apply the paste on the nodes of plants such as orchids to produce clones of the mother plant. These clones are called Keikis in the case of orchids. Keiki is a Hawaiian word for baby and is used to as a name for small baby orchids. One type of orchid where the Keiki paste works specifically well are the Phalaenopsis orchids.

 


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Phalenopsis Orchid in full bloom. Better to not apply the Keiki Paste during this time as the Energy is needed for the flowers.
Phalenopsis orchid in full bloom. Better to not apply the Keiki Paste during this time as the energy is needed for the flowers.

 

How do Keikis grow?

Little plantlets on orchids or Keikis can either grow naturally or the production can be induced by using plant hormones which are found in cloning pastes. To be honest, I have never seen an orchid produce a little plantlet by itself, but it is said to happen occasionally. The Keikis do emerge in the same way new flower spikes would. First, the node starts to swell and within a couple of days or weeks, you see something emerging from the node. When it is a Keiki you will see a fist like green thing growing. Once leaves are growing on it, you can say with certainty that is a little baby orchid. Unlike propagation from seeds, new orchids derived this way are perfect clones of their mother plants.

A different way to propagate orchids would be through pollination. In nature, this happens through natural pollinators whereas in cultivation you would have to hand pollinate the plants. A tedious process that requires a 100% sterile environment and flasking of the seeds once ready, and a lot of patience.

It is important to mention in general that the Keiki Cloning Paste does not always work as intended. Sometimes nothing will emerge from the buds where the Keiki Paste is applied. On other occasions, you will get a flower stem and flowers instead of Keikis. I guess most people can live with that, can’t they?

 

Keiki on Phalaenopsis equestris
Keiki on Phalaenopsis equestris

 

Can Keiki Cloning Paste be used for other plants such as Monstera or Philodendron plants?

Plant enthusiasts started to experiment using the Keiki paste on other plants such as Philodendron, Monstera and other houseplants. If it works for orchids, why wouldn’t it work on let’s say a Philodendron Gloriosum? But does the Keiki Cloning Paste work at all? These are the questions we would like to answer in this article.

 

What is Keiki Cloning Paste?

Keiki cloning paste contains a hormone called cytokinin that encourages cell division. In addition, lanolin is used as a carrier medium to thold the plant hormone cytokinin and for easy application onto the plant. The lanolin gives the Keiki Cloning Paste, a the name suggests, a paste like consistency.

 
Keiki Cloning Paste
Keiki Cloning Paste – A small sized tub like this will last for many applications

 

Cytokinin

Cytokinin (CK) belongs to a class of plant growth substances. Plant hormones are controlling all aspects of a plant. Cytokinin specifically is promoting cell division in plant roots and shoots. Cytokinins work together with Auxins, another plant hormone that is often found in Keiki Pastes. Auxins are essential for plant body development. A higher concentration of Cytokinin increases the growth of shoot buds, and more Auxin increases the chance of root development. Folke Skoog was the first person to discover the effects of Cytokinin when using Coconut Milk in the 1940s.

 

Keiki Cloning Paste has Cytokinin inside
Keiki Cloning Paste contains a growth hormone called Cytokinin inside

 

How much of the Keiki Paste do I need?

The answer is very little. The paste is usually sold in very small dosages of a few ml (2-10ml and more). The paste is applied locally and very little is sufficient to have the desired effect. Therefore even a little tub of 5ml will last a long time and many applications are possible.

 

 

How to use the Keiki Cloning Paste

Alright, you bought a Keiki paste of some sort and now you want to apply it to either your orchid, most likely a Phalaenopsis or if you are brave you are ready to apply the paste on your priced Monstera and Philodendron plants.

 

What you will need for your cloning operation

 

These are the items you will most likely need for a successful plant cloning operation:

 

  • The Keiki Cloning Paste (obviously)
  • A cotton swab, toothpick to apply the paste
  • Gloves
  • Knife or tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol to sterilize your instruments
  • that’s all ya folks…
Tweezers work great to remove the cover from the eye (node) of an orchid
Tweezers work great to remove the cover from the eye (node) of an orchid

We highly advise using gloves when working with the Keiki Paste. We are dealing with a growth hormone. Our goal is to clone the plant and not our hands or fingers. The cotton swab or toothpick will help you to get the paste out of the plastic container and apply it to the plant of your choice.

 

Steps on how to apply Keiki Paste on orchids or any other plant:

 

1. Find a node on the stalk/stem of your plant.

Node on Phalaenopsis Orchid for Keiki Paste application
Node on Phalaenopsis orchid

2. If you are dealing with an orchid, you will first need to remove the bract that is covering the nodes on orchids. You can select the instrument of choice by either using tweezers, a knife, or a toothpick to do the job.

 

We used tweezers to remove the protective tissue from the eye of an orchid
We used tweezers to remove the protective tissue called bract from the eye of an orchid

3. Once the bract or the little foliar thing covering the nodes is gone, you should be able to spot the node with ease. The node tissue is also called eye on the orchid.

 

Orchid eye ready for Keiki paste
Orchid eye laid open and ready for Keiki paste to be applied

4. (Optional Step) Some suggest cutting slightly into the node of the orchid before applying the paste. It can increase the chance that the hormone reaches the designated area in your plant. From our experience, this is not a necessary step and you may move from step 3 to 5 directly.

 

5. The next step is to apply to Keiki Cloning Paste on the node of the orchid or Philodendron / Monstera by using a cotton swab or toothpick.

 

Keiki Paste on Cotton Swab
Keiki Paste on Cotton Swab – Let’s produce some orchid Keikis

6. Use very little of the Cloning Paste and apply it on the node. Paint a star or any shape you like when applying the paste.

 

It will take generally 4-8 weeks after applying Keiki Cloning Paste
It will  generally take 4-8 weeks after applying Keiki Cloning Paste to see considerable effects

7. Note when you applied the paste and check every couple of days.

 

8. On orchids,  Keikis will emerge within 2-8 weeks. But be aware that you are almost equally likely to get a flower spike instead of a keiki.

 

How to remove a Keiki

You have gotten to the step where something is emerging from the stalk of your orchid. This can happen sooner or later in a timeframe of 2-8 weeks, depending on the time of the year, the health of your orchid and the growth conditions your orchid plant is growing and many more.  It will either be a Keiki, so a new perfect clone of your mother plant or it is a flower stalk.

 

The easiest way to tell them apart is to look very closely. If it looks very smooth, it is most likely a flower spike. If it is rather bumpy, chances are high that it actually might be a new plant. Once you see little leaves emerging from the stem you will know for sure that it is a Keiki.

 

Orchid Keiki ready to be separated from mother plant
Orchid Keiki ready to be separated from mother plant

Wait until the Keiki has its own roots with a length between 1-3” or 2.6- 7.6cm long before removing it. Cut the Keiki at the Keik stem below the roots with a sterile knife of scissors as the roots will be needed for the baby plant to develop.

 

Once you removed the plantlet you can put it in slightly moist Sphagnum Moss or your medium of choice and grow it as you would grow any other orchid. SUCCESS!!!

 

The Keiki Cloning Paste Review

The Keiki Paste has arrived from a seller in Greece and is ready for action
The Keiki Paste has arrived from a seller in Greece and is ready for action

We took the plunge and are reviewing a Keiki Cloning Paste bought from eBay for you. We are not only going to put it on our Phalaenopsis orchid but also applied the cloning paste on several other plants:

  • Phalaenopsis orchid
  • Monstera Noid (former Monstera Epipremnoides)
  • Philodendron El Choco Red
  • Philodendron Gloriosum
  • Mystery Philodendron

In the coming section, we are going to show you how the plants looked when we applied the paste. We will update you on the development regularly and update the blog post once we see any development derived from applying the Keiki Paste.

Let us now briefly introduce our test subjects:

 

Phalaenopsis orchid or moth orchid

This is the OG. The Keiki paste has originally been made for orchids and is said to work best on Phalaenopsis orchids. Moth orchids are epiphytes and grow on trees and other plants. They are native to China, India, Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Australia as well as Indonesia and the Philippines. They are very common in cultivation and are the kind of orchids you come across in plant shops, garden centers but also in supermarkets. This doesn’t take anything away from their beauty at all.

 

Keiki paste successfully applied onto our Phalaenopsis orchid
Keiki paste successfully applied onto our Phalaenopsis orchid (paste applied on January 19th)

 

Growing Keiki after using Keiki Paste
Growing Keiki after using Keiki Paste. It works! (March 8th)

 

Monstera Noid (former Monstera Epipremnoides)

 

Monstea Noid is a notoriously hard to find Monstera. It has beautiful foliage that even in the immature stage of the plant is getting quite big. It is often confused with Monstera Adansonii as it has the same slit leaves and a similar vining growth habit. Small plants of Monstera Epipremnoides (or more recently described as Monstera Noid) are therefore hard to be differentiated from Adansonii. The main difference is the rarity and price. The Noid is considerably more expensive. What better plant to clone and produce more growth points? That’s what we thought as well.

These are our results after applying the Keiki Cloning Paste on a semi-dormant node. Without the application of the cloning paste, we are pretty sure that no growth point would have developed from the applied node.

We applied the paste on all plants on January 14th. Just four days later on January 18th, we see absolutely nothing. Some of the people talking about the effects of Keiki Paste on the Internet mention that they see a bulking up or at least something happening on the stem after just 3 days. To be honest, we couldn’t see anything. No growth points and no leaves emerging so far.

 

Application of Keiki Cloning Paste on Monstera Epipremnoides
Application of Keiki Cloning Paste on Monstera Epipremnoides (paste applied on January 14th)

 

 

A little something is growing on the Monstera NoID. At this stage it could be anything. Will it be an air root or could it be a new shoot? (January 27th)
A little something is growing on the Monstera  Epipremnoides now known as Monstera NOID. At this stage, it could be anything. Will it be an air root or could it be a new shoot? (updated on January 27th, 13 days after the application of Keiki paste)

 

 

Philodendron El Choco Red

 

The contestant Nr.3 is the Philodendron El Choco Red. A beautiful Philodendron that has not yet been described and is traded as an absolute rarity and has not yet received the attention on Social Media and the Houseplant community in general it deserves. It already is a fast grower but a few more growth points wouldn’t hurt.

 

Philodendron El Choco Red with Keiki Cloning Paste
Philodendron El Choco Red with Keiki Cloning Paste (paste applied on January 14th)

 

Philodendron Gloriosum

 

Our foruth candidate where we applied the Keiki Cloning Paste is a mature Philodendron Gloriosum. This is one of our absolute favourite plants, a Philodendron with huge heart-shaped velvety leaves that are crawling on the ground. What if we could produce another growth point that we could later separate and produce another Gloriosum plant with? We would have our money on the Keiki paste back tenfold in no time. But did it work?

 

Keiki Paste on abandoned growth point on very mature Philodendron Gloriosum stem
Keiki Paste on abandoned growth point on mature Philodendron Gloriosum stem (paste applied on January 14th)

 

Mystery Philodendron

 

And then finally we applied the cloning paste onto the mystery Philodendron we bought a few months ago. It was sold to us as a Philodendron Sodiroi. While we can see some similarity between the two, our Philodendron is certainly different.  However and whatever it may be, our Mystery Philodendron is a heart leaf shaped beauty, yes we love them and we can’t deny that we would just love to have more of this plant. Therefore on with the cloning application and off we go. We applied the paste in two spots to increase our chances of at least seeing some growth of any sort.

 

Mystery Philodendron meets Keiki Paste
Mystery Philodendron meets Keiki Paste (paste applied on January 14th)

 

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING KEIKI CLONING PASTE

 

Where can I buy Keiki Paste?

Your best chance of getting a Keiki Paste are either Amazon or eBay. On both platforms you will find multiple vendors selling Keiki Cloning Pastes. There are different pastes and brands available that vary slightly in terms of the ingredients they are using. Most of the cloning pastes will make use of Cytokinin and/or other plant growth hormones.

Where can I get Keiki Cloning Paste in Europe?

Very similar to the rest of the world, Amazon and eBay are your go-to sources for orchid Keiki Paste. Potentially some of the brands available in the US might be hard to acquire or will even be not available. Considerable shipping costs apply if you try to get a specific brand of Cloning Paste from overseas.

Can I make my own Keiki Paste?

Of course, you can. Most things can be done DIY if you know how it is done and have the motivation, resources as well as the skills and knowledge to do so.
Essentially what you will need is 1g BA/BAP in 1kg of lanolin or some kind of cream such as wrinkle cream as a substitute for lanolin.

How long is the lifespan of Keiki Cloning Paste?

Some vendors guarantee that their paste is guaranteed up to a year but some people reported back that their Keiki past was still working after a couple of years.

How much does orchid Cloning Paste cost?

From 5 USD to roughly 20 USD depending on brand and amount.

How long does it take for a new Keiki to appear?

It will usually take between 4-8 weeks until a Keiki appears. But it depends on many factors and there is no guarantee that any Keiki actually forms. It can very well just be a flower spike or nothing at all.

Can Keiki paste be used for other plants than orchids?

It is said that Keiki past may work for several other plants as well as one of the main ingredients Cytokinin is used in plants in general for cell division. Successful cloning attempts have been reported with Monstera, Philodendron and many more plants.

What is the success/failure rate when using Keiki Paste?

We have not applied it to enough plants to tell yet and the Cloning Paste has yet to prove any kind of success.

How do I remove the Keiki from the orchid?

Once roots emerge and are at least 1-3” or 2.6- 7.6cm long, your Keiki is ready to be removed from the mother plant.