Which cross did you make Ron?
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This is a discussion on Breeding Catts: A Photo Journey within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; very cool thread...I am about to harvest my first cross and was originally planning on ...
very cool thread...I am about to harvest my first cross and was originally planning on sowing it myself. But my connection, in the bio dept of a local college, said they are having problems with sterile conditions under their hood. So, i may need to send it out for I don't want to fuss with making a glove box at home. I am hoping to make arrangements to grow them out in Hawaii which would mean faster growth but I am stil premature on those arrangements. Need to get these flasked soon for the pod is getting close to a year on the plant.
Which cross did you make Ron?
Very nice parents! I'd have higher hopes for a semi-alba if the walkeriana were carrying the pod. That's a long time to be carrying the capsule, though, if you're hoping to go green pod. I'd leave a coffee filter around it, just to be on the safe side.
Other options are Troy Meyers' flasking program; or Aaron and I have to replate soon, and I know we can get hood time (at least I'm quite certain we can). Having done it once, it would be much easier a second time. You could send us the pod.
I thought Troy only did species? Let me know when you are planning on replating. Is it safe sending a pod in this cold weather?
Your babies are beautiful ,Julie and Aaron.
Troy will do hybrids, but you have to pay for it. Check his flasking programs on his site. Aaron tried to PM me, but I erased his PM like a lummox! Let me check with him first.
Of course we're not out of the woods yet. Replating is essentially moving them to a new flask with new medium, so they get new food and more room to grow. That also runs the risk of contamination in each flask. So we want to work in a hood again, be careful, and keep our fingers crossed!
Also, once they come out of flasks and are moved into community pots, or compots, the plant must adjust to a completely new environment. Typically many seedlings are lost making the transition. Aaron and I have both been working with purchased flasks, getting more experience with this transition period, which is known as damping off.
Better to lose the extras of something you aren't quite as invested in!
I think shipping USPS Priority should be fine. I don't know how much the heat packs will effect a pod. It's not big. I'd simply take a Priority mail box and line it with sheets of styrofoam insulation (it's cheap at the home improvement stores.) That ought to be fine. That way there's no risk of the heat pack burning the pod (I've heards stories of plant damage from heat packs.)
Aaron's traveling until the week of Feb 19th, and that's the week of the NH Orchid Show. Aaron, I'll be helping with show setup on Thurs, the 22nd, but Fri the 23rd is the day of the judging and no one's allowed in. If you could make Fri, we could flask for Ron and replate our stuff at the same time - and whatever other pods need attention.
If you want to setup on Thurs you're welcome, as I mentioned. I'll probably just drive up to Hanover from there and then stay over for flasking day on Friday.
Ron, are you looking at green pod sowing? And are there any punctures on the pod? Are Doodle's pods ready to go?
Do you use a fungicide for the damping off syndrome or are the plantlets to fragile?