Keiki paste is a cytokinin hormone-based paste primarily used to stimulate growth in the nodes of orchids. The term “Keiki” (pronounced “kay-kee”) is a Hawaiian word meaning “baby” or “child”.
The primary ingredient in Keiki paste, Benzylaminopurine ¹, is a synthetic cytokinin promoting cell division and is also used in tissue culture during the multiplication stage.
The application of Keiki paste is a straightforward process. It is applied directly to the node of an orchid, preferably a Phalaenopsis, after the flowering phase.
While Keiki paste has revolutionized orchid propagation, an organic alternative is gaining popularity among horticulturists – Aloe Vera. This miracle plant is packed with vitamins, proteins, calcium, magnesium, and growth hormones, similar to Keiki paste.