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Is it worthwhile flasking this?

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    Default Is it worthwhile flasking this?

    I am new to orchid propagation. I sent off a seedpod of Vanda scandens and just a few days ago I received word that a reflasking was done and if things turn out right, I may have 100 flasks of about 20 plants per flask of V. scandens.

    I am not too worried about that.

    On the other hand, Vanda lamellata var remediosae although not common, is not so rare either. I have a seedpod each of that, and one also of Vanda lamellata var boxallii. Flasking in my neck of the woods is not without expenses.

    You think it might be worthwhile?

    I also have four seedpods of almost pure scarlet-maroon Vanda merrillii (rotorii variant). I don’t think I would have a problem in disposing of those, once flasked.

    BTW, the spike here is from a plant that is recovering from a scale infestation, hence the small size and number of blooms. My three stud plants of this variety have spikes about twice the size of this, in terms of number of blooms.



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    I guess in all reality it is a matter of opinion if it's worthwhile to flask it, but I think it would be. I know here where I am at to help me keep the costs down on flasking things that I would like to have, but do not want 100 flasks of I work out a deal with the flasker were they can keep half of the flasks. Alot of times depending on what it is, the cost is substantially lower then if I wanted it all. Most times alot of people doing the flasking will go for this because they can just sell their flasks for profit, and to cover expenses. Just food for thought...

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    I had to think about this for awhile...

    the diehard environmentalist in me says, go for it... after all, lots of these plants around means that it would be easily available to everyone and would further reduce the need to buy wild collected plants.

    now, the capitalist side of me says, would the seedlings be cheap enough to make it feasible to do so...



    honestly don't know the answer to this one!

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    Can you export flasks without all the licenses and CITES stuff? If so, perhaps you would find a US market for some of the flasks....

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    Default I am not too sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane View Post
    Can you export flasks without all the licenses and CITES stuff? If so, perhaps you would find a US market for some of the flasks....
    But, on my recent trip to Bali, I brought three flasks from Denpassar (Bali province capital) through (change planes) Singapore and thence to Manila, with no papers of any kind. The nursery people told me that people do it all the time. However I do not know whether that can be done for many flasks, or single flasks if done through DLH, fedex or ups.

    On the other hand, Im going to do flasking of promising species. I think there is a market for blooming size plants even here. Mr Calado, my flasking guy, suggested that I have a cash crop (like cut flower, or generic potted dends that can be sold after a year) and make flasking a side business.

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    I am not expert in this discussion at all, but I recently purchased live plants from Canada. The only requirement for shipping to the U.S. was phyto certification. While I understand that can be costly to obtain in the US, the Canadian inspector charged $12 Canadian for the visit, regardless of the number of plants to be inspected.

    I think it's a country by country thing.

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    Why don't you just try to flask them yourself? Or just tell the flasking guy to give you 10 flasks back, and let him dispose of the remaining seeds?

    I would go for option 1 .. I started this post a couple of days ago regarding home made medium:
    Click here..

    If you have the time it is an option I can't guarantee the sucess rate though, but it beats throwing the seedpods away!

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