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    Nice! I've got a buttload of all that TC stuff out in my garage I just never got it all going. Dreams are bigger than my space.

    In the old days people used to try and sow orchid seed on the parent plants' pot and apparently got some success as the very old orchid books (from before TC) say this is how it's done. That or by using "expired soil from repotted orchids". I wonder how this would work today since parent plants are likely all from TC there would be almost no chance of a plant bringing stray fungal mycellium with it. Perhaps, like the unknown mosses, ferns and mushrooms that occasionally pop up in containers the correct mycellium occasionally just happens upon an orchid in a pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drosera36 View Post

    Then, we put this stretchy film stuff around the closed dish to limit airflow (can't remember what it's called, but you can see it in the first 2 pics).

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    the stretchy stuff was parafilm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbjong View Post
    the stretchy stuff was parafilm.
    Ah yea that's what it's called!

    Well I came back today to replate them and separate out some of the bigger guys.

    Here's one of the larger ones still in its plate:


    Here's the biggest one in its own tube; probably its final home before we deflask it:


    And here's what I did with all the rest of the little ones (there's like 50 of 'em):


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    That's impressive. As one who failed miserably the only time I tried anything comparable, I know how easily things can go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herenorthere View Post
    That's impressive. As one who failed miserably the only time I tried anything comparable, I know how easily things can go wrong.
    Haha thanks man. So far, nothing's gone wrong with any of the stuff I've done, but like I said before, their setup is pretty high-tech and clean.

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    Hey guys

    Well I came to visit the plants again, and they've definitely gotten a lot bigger! Most have roots forming, and the largest one has a really big one. They don't seem to enjoy growing their roots down into the gel, however.

    When I went there, I saw that one of my rectangular containers was missing; the professor wasn't there, so I assumed she threw it out, maybe because of mold forming. I'll have to ask her later. I still have way too many seedlings, anyways..

    Dave, when should I start deflasking them?

    Here's the smaller ones (the box is oriented in the same way as it was in the picture in the above post, so you can compare the growth of the individual protocorms over two months):


    And here's two of the larger ones:


    As you can see, they like to grow their roots vertically:


    Also, not an orchid, but still pretty amazing:


    It's a Stapelia gigantea, and it smells like rotting fish! haha

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    Wow.
    Is the Stapelia gigantea one of those plants that uses its smell to get animals to come to it, and then the animals get its pollen all over themselves and spread it to other plants?
    They're watching us. o.0

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    Haha yep, it smells like dead animals so that flys and other insects that enjoy carrion come and pollinate it. Apparently some flies like it so much, that they lay their eggs on it...

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