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The more sterile the better results?

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    Hello all,
    I'm new to these forums and did introduce myself in the introduce myself are for all who want to know more about me before answering

    I'm wanting to try to cross my two orchids, and after reading al information on this forums I would like to know your thoughts on some methods I might try.

    I've studied as a nurse and got some experience in working in a sterile environment and with the necessary protocol's. In a hospital in The Netherlands, to quickly acquire a sterile environment, for example to give someone a catheter, the nurse makes use of a sterile kit, witch includes a sterile piece of cloth, gloves and al other necessities.

    In your opinion, for home sowing and reaping, The more sterile the workfield and utensils, the better chance of growing orchids without contamination?

    I have a simple kitchen to use, no glove box or autoclave, but I am able to get sterile and disposable utensils such as scalpels, needles, tweezers and gloves.

    Greets, Syrae

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    The thing about people using a glovebox or other work area is that the box essentially keeps out dust and debris in the air that you cannot see or feel, but is all around you. depending on where you live, there are usually about 5-24% mold spores, bacteria and viruses in the air at any given time and any given place. That alone is enough to contaminate your flasks unless you have a box that can catch those organisms before they drop into the jars and onto the medium. I would recommend getting some kind of container and try using your sterile tools inside it to keep contaminants out.

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    thnx! ovaries are steadily swelling as is my collection of jars

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