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Unflasking Dendrophylax Lindenii - The Ghost Orchid

This is a discussion on Unflasking Dendrophylax Lindenii - The Ghost Orchid within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Best of luck Connie and do keep us posted.....

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    Best of luck Connie and do keep us posted..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Very nice, Connie. I look forward to the updates. I tried to grow Dendrophylax Lindenii, but it got too dry in my greenhouse. I hope you get these to grow and bloom.

    cheers,
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    To keep them from drying out, I am taking the lid off and wetting it instead of spraying (as I read it is better than directly spraying them). I tried reading every single scrap of information online and am using the methods other's had success with. They need a ton of humidity right now to get their root velamen going so I only crack the lid a little during the day time. Of course today is 95% humidity outside so it won't hurt. Once a week I plan on taking everything out and re-sterilizing the plastic container with bleach. I sit it in the full sun to dry since I am learning that the suns rays actually can sterilize pots and such. This is such an exciting endeavor...I hope I will someday get to share pictures of flowers from these tiny plants. A few of the points other's made when growing Ghost orchids:
    Never put all your seedlings onto one medium. If infection sets in you won't lose every plant that way.
    Wood mounts that are successful include; Pond Apple, Queen Palm, Cypress....basically a hard wood with a deeply creviced bark.
    Other mounts include wire mesh, wine corks, clay pot shards
    To attach them to the mount, superglue is mentioned as the best in many posts
    The first month is critical; while the seedlings need high humidity they cannot be constantly wet wet.
    Fertilizer sprays are not tolerated until the seedlings have the white markings on their roots. The markings are called "Pneumatodes". They act like pores allowing air exchange and photosynthesis. They cannot process fertilizers until these white tracks/spots appear.
    One other very important thing, you must be careful when de-flasking since any damage to the tiny roots will mean a loss of that plant.
    In the evenings, one snail can eat an entire container of ghost babies. It is recommended to keep a lid on the container at night until plants are larger and need more air movement.
    Ghost orchids grow a foot to a few feet above stagnant water. While most orchids like air movement, these do not. If air movement is too much the roots will dry out. When kept in a collection it is recommended they hang over a stagnant bucket of water.
    And lastly; everything must be sterile, including your hands when working with freshly unflasked ghost orchids. Bleach, microwaving, boiling...there are more than a few ways to get everything sterile...and everything that touches your ghost orchids must be sterile. I will be spraying the spanish moss with physan once a week when I clean out the container.
    Oops, almost forgot. Once the plants are larger...in a few months...someone recommended using "rapeseed cake" as a fertilizer. They said to break off a piece and superglue it to the top of the mount so when it gets watered it gets this fertilizer. It is my understanding you get tons of blooms with this method. Rapeseed cakes are normally used with Bonsai and can be found for sale online.

    I hope this helps. Anyone with questions about where I found the information I will be happy to private message where you can find the articles and posts.

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    good growing,i wish u all the best...i know the spanish moss works well on mounts so you should put a few strands around the ones u mounted on trees in your yard......the only thing closest to a ghost orchid we have here is Brassavola cucullata lolol

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    Connie this is one of the most if not the most interesting thread I've read in any forum. Keep us posted.

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    Oh wow! I hope the babies make it! You certainly gave them a lovely home.
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    Been thinking about getting a ghost orchid again now that I have an orchidairum. I am able to keep the humidity up above 79 % all the time and usually around 90 %. I think maybe I could actually grow one of these ghosts now.

    cheers,
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    A year later, how are they doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CattleyaObsessed View Post
    A year later, how are they doing?
    They did not make it. I kept them alive for a couple months and I got a mold that took them all within a few days.

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    Sad to hear that Connie, a nice experiment nonetheless !

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    Hey awesome job. What vendor did you use, I live in a. Fl and want some so bad!!
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