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Thread: Anyone try growing orchids from flasks?

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    ive run across a number of flasks of orchids with 8 or so seedlings for sale on ebay. is it very hard to do? ive been growing orchids for about a year and a half and i figured my lowland/intermidiate Nepenthes chamber would be a good place to get the seedlings started. any comments?

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    If you buy them in vitro, you would have to harden them off, etc, which can be hard. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    It isn't hard. The Troy Meyers Conservatory has good directions. Enter the site, click on Informational Pages, then click on seedling care. I wouldn't put newly deflasked seedlings in the chamber, but they'd be ready for it pretty quickly.
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    excellent webpage. thanks!

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    I agree with herenorthere, it's not as hard as it sounds, so long as you find decent directions. I've had good results most times I have tried.

    One thing to check is the shape of the flasks. Some sites will sell flasks that you cannot get the plants out without smashing the flask, which can be annoying. I hate picking glass out from amongst the seedlings. But, if you don't mind, it's not going to kill the plants, it'll just take a bit longer to deflask.
    Some use baby food jars, which I consider preferable.
    I can't say for sure, since it may have been other factors, but I had much worse luck the time I did have to break the flask. It could well have been because of the type of orchid, or care I gave them, though. Either way, I won't be buying from that seller, or anyone that sells that type of flask again. I did however still get a good amount of seedlings, so I'm not saying not to give it a try if it's that kind of flask, just that you'd probably rather know that before they arrive.

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    actually that had occured to me. i assumed i would have to break the glass. not a big deal. i found some full grown mini Catts that i think im going to try instead. thanks for the input and the website. its prolly only a matter of time before i break down and purchase a flask or two. might as well try them atleast once.

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    As to breaking flasks, one can fashion a small hook from a wire hanger that will work rather well.
    If the plants are still too big to be removed via the aforementioned method
    the most safe means of breaking a flask is to wrap it in newspaper and smack the corner of the flask with a hammer, this usually reduces the amount shards pushed into the agar.
    I then like to place the entire flask, plants and all into a plastic mesh basket (similar to what youd use to rinse fruits & vege's in) rinsing all of the agar from the root mass. I find it much easier to find and remove glass shards this way.
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    I sell literally hundreds of flasked orchids each week and deflask quite a few myself and we have to smash all of them as they come in ketchup bottles here in Indonesia.
    What I do is break them in a bucket full of water, the plants generally float while the glass all sinks to the bottom which makes it easier to separate.

    I've just updated my web site so you can see some of the kinds I have in my collection.

    Last night I returned from our bigger plantation in Jakarta where I took loads of pics which I'm hoping to upload in the next day or two. If you want to see a LOT of orchids, wait a few days and check out the "Plantation" page on my site.

    Cheers, Troy.

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