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    Hi everyone,
    It's orchid season for me again, and I am buying up several new plants. I've gotten better at identifying plants that work for me and I'm a bit more disciplined at buying orchids that will love me rather than orchids that will resent and punish me (yeah right). A quick question. When buying from really big vendors, I often see the term "Mericlone Plant" in the description. What does this mean exactly. I understand what a clone is, but the prefix "meri" confuses me. is this a specific type of clone? What should I know about this? Thanks in advance...
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    duh. as soon as I read my post, i noticed that mericlone had a hyperlink. i guess i answered my own question. although, any discussion about other types of clones would be welcome, as i know little to nothing about how to distinguish between them or which are more of less desirable.
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    A division is a type of clone. Anything that exactly reproduces the original plant could be considered a clone.

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    Mr. "Gene" Crocker coined the phrase 'mericlone,' which came from the cloning of plants using meristem tissue.
    Meristem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Although a division and a clone reproduce plants with vegetative propogation, a clone, in the scientific sense, is different as it involves the reproduction of a plant from just one or several individual cells from the parent (donor) plant. Both divisions and mericlones of plants should carry the same genetic material as the parent plant, which would not necessarily be the case if the hybrid were reproduced using sexual reproduction.

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    Kitty, as far as purchasing plants, it really doesn't make any difference. "Seed grown" or flasks of seedlings came from a seed pod, and represent sexual reproduction of orchids. These seedlings would all be similar to both parents, but would each differ from one another slighty. Clones or divisions will be exactly like the "parent" plant. More or less. I think there can be slight deviation in the cloning process, despite the theory.

    If you're looking for awardable plants, seedlings offer more variety. But there's no guarantee any of them will be of sufficient quality to win an award.

    Hope this helps!

    McJulie

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    I love the excitement of getting a cross of seed to bloom. I can never can know exactly what I will get, but I can know what to expect.

    With mericlones you know exactly what you are getting usually. Sometimes mericlones get mutated though, and some mutations are desirable (not all). They hypothsize that harlequin phals were the results of mericloning many many times. Basically during cell division the DNA isn't replicated properly so the new daughter cells are different from the original mother cell. And these daughter cells grow into a new and slightly different plant. Good labs keep mutations minimal so it is rare
    It even happens in humans but our immune system has ways of picking out these mutated cells for the most part or diseases can be initated.

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    thanks guys! that explains quite a bit!

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