What is 'too dead to recover'?
Picture this plant without the keiki.
That's what I had to work with for this nice Dendrobium kingianum hybrid. Leafless, rootless canes whose only virtue was that they were green, not brown.
This one is not somebody else's fault, it was mine. I have had this plant for 5 years and did not pay close enough attention to getting it dry between waterings. I have a few Dendrobiums and I have finally got them all into a dry area of the greenhouse where the watering system doesn't go.
I stuck it into a pot with a few rocks to keep it from tipping over and set it aside. It took quite a while for the keiki to develop but I was in no hurry. It looks as if the plant is not going to recover, but I will remove the keiki and pot it up.
Even though I am not giving up on this plant, I am also not getting any more Dendrobiums. My conditions are not great for them. It is generally too wet and so they have to be hand watered and are confined to a fairly small area.
There are so many orchids that DO grow well in my greenhouse that I am not too worried about being less successful with Dens.
And you know what? The rest of the plant is going back under the bench. The canes are still green. Nothing more may happen, but with orchids you never know. Orchids are survivors.
When the canes turn brown is when I'll decide that the plant is too dead to recover.