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baby orchids - seed germination

This is a discussion on baby orchids - seed germination within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Any updates? VERY cool progress!...

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    Any updates? VERY cool progress!

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    Default Piper- this is for you

    I think the reason your protocorms "browned out" is because they stayed in the motherflask too long. I just started a flask of some dendrobium anosmum seeds but I added about 2-5 grams per flask of banana puree to the medium. Banana supplies complex carbs as well as simple sugars/glucose for growing protocorms so they stay green even if they have used all the medium in the jar.
    I heard from others that when they have enough carbs and sugars and have used all the medium nutrients, they simply pause growth for a bit until they are replated. I added banana pulp/puree and have band-aids on the lids so if the protocorms do become small plantlets or reach a stage where they need to be replated, I should have enough time to replate them without worrying about them "browning out".
    Try that next time and see how it goes- I heard coconut milk or coconut water will aid in germination rates and banana can inhibit germination in many orchids, but I must have sown at least 150-350 seeds across the medium. So far it does not look like there is contamination but I will know by the end of the week for sure.

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    Ohhh, you must post pics as well

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    Certainly and thank you!! Well its been a LONG year and lots of painful lessons learned. I've lost a LOT of babies due to the "trial and error" approach to the deflasking process. I must say I've had MUCH better luck in the whole flasking/germination process then the DEflasking.
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    They are so healthy!!!

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    I forgot to tell everyone I only joined this forum like 3 days ago but I have had orchids since I was 15 and always grew herbs and different plants with my mother. I wanted to address the issue of young plantlets dying though, asI heard many have a tendency to do. Has anyone tried deflasking and using semi hydro medium for the young plants? I am planning to keep mine humid after deflasking by use of a burpee ultimate seed starting tray with small aliflor (semi hydro) particles in it. This should give the roots ample moisture without causing the damping off they go through at that stage. I also heard from many sources that if you lost much of your crop, do not feel bad as there is a stage after deflasking where the plantlets die at nearly 70-80% mortality. It is unavoidable so do not worry too much. I am sure everyone has been there or will be there at some point. Good luck.

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    This is fascinating. I'm just happy to have a plant that survives repotting and division. Maybe one day I'll attempt flasking orchids. I'm not that brave yet. Keep us posted. It would be great to see a bloom.

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    Hi, this sounds interesting I will have to give it a try!

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    Wow, seriously, this is amazing ! I want to do the same and I'm seeking for 3 days for instruction, but I don't find any precise enough. Could you please tell me where you found how to do this ?

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    I'm sowing my orchid seed for the 1st time and this is the first week. So far I only see a lot of white cloudy web on top of the medium. Is that sound right? is my seed germinated at all? Thanks.
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