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Deflasking suggestions for Angreacum sesquipedale

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    Hi guys, I have a flask arriving tomorrow it's Angraecum susquipedale. What potting media do you suggest the best for that, where to keep them and how much water to give and how often? What about humudity? Please help me. I would appreciate your help so much.

    FYI this is my second flask, the first one I killed them all ( worst mom). What I did was soaked the sphagnum moss in a mixture of superthrive and root hormone. I think I put more root hormone than what I was supposed to. My husband used a home made hook to get the baby orchids out of the flask, washed off the agar, sprayed them with fungicide, plant them in pots in sphagnum moss. Then I put them under the T8 flourescent light 12 inches away without thinking( very late at night). In the morning I found them looking dehyrated, so I prayed them with distilled water and put the pots in a pan and cover them with the transparent cover that comes with the pan. Leaves turning brown and trimmed off and sprayed with fungicide. But the roots continue to rot, so I uncovered them, but didn't help, then I put the pots in ziplock bags but still didn't help...roots continue to rot ...So I bought another one and I need your valued opinion/ ideas on this one.. Thanks a million.

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    Never mine try again maybe this time you have a good luck. This is my technique so the results are fantastic out of 100% almost 90% succeeded.
    What you need to do
    1. Expose the flask to low light level for at least a week to 2 weeks no hurry
    2. Then remove the seedling with whatever tools make sure be gentle do not break the roots
    3. Soak into the water containing small amount of sucrose for 2 to 3 hours than rinse with plain water to remove sugar residue.
    4. Get Styrofoam and small amount of spagh moss than use nylon string to tie it.
    5. I won’t use any fungicide so far the outcome so great.

    For your information all my plants already matured just a matter of time to bloom, all raised from the flask about 4 years ago. Good luck may this inspire you.
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    Hello Zainal,thanks for your answer and for sharing the nice pictures :-)

    I have more questions: If I use one liter of water for example to soak my sphagnum moss in, how many teaspoons/tablespoons of sucrose I need to put in there?
    Also how often should I water them? Thank you.



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    Hello Susan for sphagnum moss no need to put any sucrose just make it wet from clean water.
    Just get 1/2 teaspoon than put into 1 liter of water( reverse osmosis or any filtered) clean the seedling thoroughly remove any agar gently and rinse with filter water and than begin to soak into sucrose containing water.
    Frequency of watering depend on your environment like my area very hot at least twice a day .
    Here is another example you are considered very lucky still got one plant on the Styrofoam the seedling almost about 11/2 year ready to to transfer into basket.Good luck.Zain
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    Thanks Zain, your answers are a great help. I'm glad you have pictures to share too :-) . I will do what you said. Now, I can't wait for my flask to get here today.

    One more question I hope you don't mind. When you said, "Expose the flask to low light level for at least a week to 2 weeks no hurry", should I uncover the flask? I'm just hoping the agar is not all over the orchids, from shipping.

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    Thanks again Zain

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykidschids View Post
    Thanks Zain, your answers are a great help. I'm glad you have pictures to share too :-) . I will do what you said. Now, I can't wait for my flask to get here today.

    One more question I hope you don't mind. When you said, "Expose the flask to low light level for at least a week to 2 weeks no hurry", should I uncover the flask? I'm just hoping the agar is not all over the orchids, from shipping.
    The purpose is to harden the young seedling no need to cover, it's ok through my experience you will see some water condensation dont worry this is normal as long as you are not expose to direct sunlight. I hope so may you get tough young seedling, put finger cross for you. You are welcome.

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    Thanks Zain :-)

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