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I never thought I'd see the day

This is a discussion on I never thought I'd see the day within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Ok, so about 130 days ago give or take a few, I found a charming ...

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    Default I never thought I'd see the day

    Ok, so about 130 days ago give or take a few, I found a charming little white phal at my local orchid nursery. I have many white phals already, but something struck me as odd about this one, so I purchased it. A week or so later its blooms had all dropped but one, confirming my suspicion, it was pollinated! I have no clue what the other parent plant is but It has made an enormous pod compared to the overall size of the plant. Until I had seen this first hand, I had never seen or heard of a phal producing a pod. Actually I was beggining to think they only reproduced through keikis and meristemming. So the pod is now ripe and ready to be flasked. I have flasked about ten different species of orchid in my life and all but one type molded eventually. The only survivor is a grab bag of E. ibaguense, magenta and red blooms, and they are ready to be deflasked with about fifty plants in each jar.
    I am very scared to attempt to flask this new pod myself as I seem to f#*k it up every time. If anyone would be willing to flask it for me, I would send you the pod, the flasks, and one of my only two surviving epi flasks. All I would ask is for a flask or two sent back at some point...
    Please let me know asap, cause I havent removed the pod yet, so it will more sterile than dry seed (the epi's were the only green pod I ever sowed). Drop me a line for more info!

    Also, has anyone used physan in flasking to controll fungal growth? Or is it too strong for seedlings?

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    Sorry I can't do a thing for you, but I do have a Phal that got pollinated and is now swollen with seeds. Right??? Im a newbie so I could be wrong.





    And here is a pic of a Nosy squirrel that was wanting to know what I was up to.


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    Oh, my God!

    I love that last pic, Tindo! What an affronted expression - as only a squirrel could pose!

    My avatar was a tease to TundraKev (wherever he exists these days) to tweak him about his long-winded rants on squirrel damage to his precious tulips. Mind you, he had gorgeous tulips...but the tease was irresistible!

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    That looks like an east coast squirrel... gray (or grey). The ones out here are a bit bigger and have fat rufous tummies, they are so bold they come and look in my sliding door when they don't have any peanuts or corn in their feeder.... They too, however, eat tulip bulbs if I don't provide other food for them. (Hence the peanuts and corn)

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    I'm sorry Orchidelierium for hijacking your post.

    Uhhm, Im in NYC, and it is an East coaster. Hes/she is a real snoop, always looking into my lab. At least Im pretty sure its the same one. I should never have given it any peanuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tindomul1of9
    Hes/she is a real snoop, always looking into my lab. At least Im pretty sure its the same one.
    Are you sure it isn't working for the government - or the "competition"??? I mean, after all, a mad scientist in the lab....

    BTW- has anyone heard from our Mad Scientist in Training lately??

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    My squirrels always went for peanuts, bird seed and tulips. There was no 'either/or'. It was 'and' and 'more and'. That's when I switched to daffies. Nothing eats daffies.

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    Not showin off or nuthin... but we don't have sqiuirls in Oz

    and I think Diane might be right, it does look like that that squirl is wired!

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    Oh man, I think you are right, The taxonomist Dr. A. from the basement labs must have sent it to spy. He'll NEVER get to my vivariums!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I take it links are not allowed???

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