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Green Pod Flasking

This is a discussion on Green Pod Flasking within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; I have 3 pods from 3 different Phal crosses in various stages of development. I ...

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    Talking Green Pod Flasking

    I have 3 pods from 3 different Phal crosses in various stages of development. I have read the flasking posts here and thoroughly browsed the internet. I came across an article that stated , for one's first attempt, to use green pods because it maintains the sterility within the pod. Which makes good sense. So, I have a couple of questions, please feel free to answer as many or as few as you are able to!

    1.) How green should the pod be? I would assume that once I start to see that it is drying out that I should pull it before it splits and flask right away.

    2.) Has anyone purchased sterile flasks with medium already in them and how did they work?

    3.) Has anyone done any experimenting with causing mutations in seeds to get some weird flowers or foliage? What did you do? microwave? chemicals? magnetic field?

    Thanks for all of your help!

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    I know #3 looks like a nutty question but mutations are the basic building blocks of evolution. And I have heard of these practices going on. Not sure if it will effect the plants that grow or the offspring of these plants.

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    I'm also interested in this topic. I've been "tinkering with my toothpicks" again, and currently have 5 pods developing.

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    I'm not sure about the magnetic field, but I think chemicals and radiation are both valid ways of causing mutations.

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    I do a lot of field work and I've seen "weird" things under electrical lines. I would assume that it is due to the magnetic field around the wires. I think, if I were to try something with magnetic fields, I would use rare earth magnets to expose the seeds.

    jfrizz, do you know what sort of chemicals are used?
    Thanks.

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    I did mine green pod ,removed before it splits , soaked and scrubbed the pod in 5% bleach and water solution for 5 minutes rinse with boiled distilled water . This is done before cutting the pod open , in the glove box .
    #2 did not know you could get sterile flasks I used a dry formula that boiled distilled water was added to it .

    # 3 colchicine is based on the chemical’s effect on cell division .derived from Autumn Crocus . that is what they use it is not something to play around with from what I have read ..
    Seed Maturity Page Title .... Gin

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    So were you successful? What was the outcome?

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    They are growing, have 1 jar with quite a few and 2 others with some in them , they are starting to grow tiny leaves . I have not re-plated them I did the re-plate jars they sat empty for over a month then went bad it was how I vented them that did it. I used the micro pore tape 2 layers over a tiny hole in the lid if one mold spore gets in they are history .
    When these get a little more growth will go straight to shredded Spag. soaked in Physan in a shallow container , have done it that way before should work ( I hope)the X is Phal stobartiana x equestris . Gin

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    Hey Jin can you shart the process from beginning to now? Is it already posted on one of the forums?

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    I will look, there are pictures if I can find them , most of what I did was due to the information I found here Somewhere

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