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First time Deflasking

This is a discussion on First time Deflasking within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Those guys look happy in their clay pots. Cool photo angle too! cheers, BD...

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    Those guys look happy in their clay pots. Cool photo angle too!

    cheers,
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    wow that's cool they're so big already. hope they all make it. how long have you been "orchiding" before you attempted deflasking your own???

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    Laurent, those chuillun's are massive for their age out of flask. What is it you're raising?

    It certainly seems you're doing it all right. Slowly graduate the flasklings to your normal culture (whether windowsill or greenhouse) over the next 6-12 months. Young plants can't tolerate the conditions older plants can. They'll want less light, a little more water, and more humidity until they adapt fully.

    Nice job and good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherublace View Post
    wow that's cool they're so big already.
    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Laurent, those chuillun's are massive for their age out of flask. What is it you're raising?
    I guess perspective is everything, you guys made me laugh .
    I had mentioned tiny clay pots and I meant REALLY tiny clay pots, but from my picture there was no point of reference and they could come across as 5" pots!
    (more like 2.5")
    The seedlings are rupicolous laelias, so plants that will barely be 8 inches tall when fully mature, the seedlings are PUNY.
    (I replaced some of the sphag with a charcoal, clay pellets, fine bark mix this morning.)
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    They're plenty big. Some flask sources send them so under-developed it really makes the survival rate tough.

    Those should do well at that size, but there will always be genetic runts in a flask. That is, weaker plants that simply won't make it despite your best efforts. Expect some losses, but hopefully the majority will thrive.

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    Laurent, that looks like a lot of fun.

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    Laurent, can you please give us an update. I can't wait to see how they look four months later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by margo View Post
    Laurent, can you please give us an update. I can't wait to see how they look four months later...
    Here are the seedlings now, they are a little taller but the biggest changes are that they filled up quite a bit and they grew new leaves and a lot of new roots.
    It is a slow process but I am glad they survived!
    (keep in mind that they will be very small plants!)
    The original flask roots rotted for the most part.(as you can see in the bottom pic next to the healthy root)
    The seedlings still bear the scars of being originally handled with tweezers! (how cruel of me!)
    I have them with my other rupicolous laelias in bright light and except from watering them a bit more, I have stopped "babying" them.




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    Wow...I have always been intimidated to try growing orchids from a flask. I am trying to grow some keiki's from another orchid right now and that is about the best I can do at the moment!

    Really awesome work there Lambe!

    Shann~

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    Those look great, Laurent! Good growing.

    Cheers,
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