In horticulture, a keiki (/’keiki:/ kay-kee) is a plant produced asexually by an orchid plant, especially Dendrobium, Epidendrum (sensu lato), and Phalaenopsis orchids. The baby plant is an exact clone of the mother plant, sometimes flowering while still attached to the mother.
The word keiki is Hawaiian for "baby" or "child", literally "the little one".
A good friend of mine recently visited from California. She complimented the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides) growing in my windowsill, saying she had never seen one before. When I gave her a clipping to bring home with her, she told me about her grandmother who lived in Hawaii and how when you give the gift of a baby plant it’s called a Keiki.
I’ve always loved the idea of trading clippings, growing a plant from another plant, extending a legacy. Working as a florist, I am surrounded by fellow plant addicts - people that have a vast and different knowledge of flora. I am infatuated with people’s stories behind their plant collections. Thus began Keiki.
The goal of Keiki is to expand both plant knowledge and plant collections.