Huntleya meleagris Pescatoria lehmanii Photo right
Spathoglottis kimballiana sib cross (#1 x #BP)
Spath affinis 4N x
S.plicata "bulbosa magenta"
Spathoglottis plicata bulbosa x self
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Laelia pumila "Black Diamond" x self Cattleya labiata semialba Cattleya Rex Sophronitis brevipedunculata Anoectochilus formosana
Goodyera schlectendaliana Stanhopea martiana Stanhopea stevensii
Eulophiella roempleriana "Finest Endeavour" x self
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Huntleya meleagris. Brazil. Lip yellow, sepals and petals half yellow, half red brown.
(#1 x #BP)
Philippines. Superb species, bright golden yellow fls to 8cm, terrestrial.
Slightly large form x better shape form.
Spathoglottis affinis 4N x S. plicata "bulbosa magenta".
Tetraploid 8cm yellow x robust magenta plicata.
plicata "red magenta" x Kimballiana 4N. Vivid red magenta x x Tetraploid
8 cm yellow . Spath Freckle Face.
plicata "bulbosa magenta" x self. Large robust form of plicata with
large well shaped rounded pink to magenta fls.
Trichoglottis loheriana Philippines Panicle of showy heavy textured fls, green, green yellow, with black spots and lines. Hansome plant even when not in flower.
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Aerides lawrenceae Fl/size
Catasetum macrocarpum Fl/size
Dendrobium anceps fl/size
Dendrobium nobile albescens Fl/size
Dend rhodopterygium semialba Fl/size
Laelia purpurata "Roxovioleta" advanced 3" basket Photo right
Spathoglottis Freckle Face Fl/size
Seedlings; advanced 3" pot size
Phalaenopsis formosana 4N
Rhyncostylis retusa x Aerides falcatum
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Anoectochilus formosana China. Jewel orchid.Exquisite, dark green leaf veined silver and gold.
Cattleya labiata semialba. Brazil. White, purple lip. sib cross "Eva x Castro"
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Seedlings out of Flask
Well, you've finally got your hot little hands on that hard to get species at long last. Only trouble is, it's in a bottle, and how do you get it out of that and flowering in a six inch pot??
Not so easily as you would hope.
The seedlings are fragile, so check the bottle to see if they are big enough to come out.If not, place the flask in a dry, well lighted area, near a southern or northern window, but out of direct sunlight which will cook seedlings.
When the seedlings are large enough for you to handle, harden them off by placing the flask under about 90% shade, DRY, for several days. Again, closer to a window for the extra light will do. I look for some roots showing thru on the bottom of the flask.
Prepare your work area with a sheet of clean newspaper on the bench. Make sure the pot is clean, and the potting media is sterile (sterilise wet in an oven bag, 8 minutes in the microwave, This should be appplied to all the medias.)
Various potting media:
A mixture of fine bark and shredded polystyrene(isolite), 4 parts bark to 3 parts polystyrene. If your conditions are dry, add half a part shredded spaghnam moss or perlite to the mix.
Shredded spaghnam moss and isolite ( coolite) 1:1. Microwave the moss first.
Crushed treefern + fine bark equal parts.
Spaghnam moss is used by a lot of experienced growers, but locally, it tends to break down rapidly. Peat moss should be sterilised wet in an oven bag, 8 minutes in the microwave, if perlite and peat moss is your choice. This should also be appplied to all the medias.
The biggest danger to flask seedlings is soil and water borne pathogens, so keep everything clean.
Remove the seedlings from the bottle, either by washing them out or breaking the bottle. Wash the seedlings in warm water, not cold, so that all agar gel is removed. Place the seedlings on a clean sheet of newspaper and allow to dry to dampness.
With a small pot well crocked, pot the seedlings together into a community pot, they like to be together, and will do better this way than potted singly. About an inch of potting media is all that is required.
Water the pot well, and allow to drain. There is a product called "Envy", which can then be sprayed onto the seedlings. This coats the leaves and helps prevent the seedlings drying out. It is an aid, not an essential, an antitranspirant.
To protect the seedlings, it is a good idea to use a humidity crib. A coolite box with two inches of wet sand in the bottom and a sheet of glass over the top will do, sit the pot of seedlings on the wet sand. Cling wrap can also be used, with a few holes punched in it to allow air movement. If a sheet of glass is used, ensure it is not sealing the top of the box, as some ventilation is needed. A few notches cut into the box will allow air in.
Translucent storage bins with lids, from the junk shops, discounters, work very well. Remember to punch a hole in the bottom.
Most seedlings die from Too Much Water. For the next few days, very lightly mist the leaves. Keep the seedlings in heavy shade.Frequent light misting will prevent dehydration and encourage new root growth, without keeping the media wet.
After a few days, the cover can be partly removed and the seedlings watered so that they are just damp but not wet. Hormone formula and very weak fertiliser can then be used, and as the seedlings establish, the cover can be removed altogether and seedlings placed in brighter light.
Fungicides should not be used on the seedlings, as a growth inhibiting effect can be caused by fungicides. If there is a problem with fungus or mould, it means the conditions are too wet, so cut water, ensure ventilation is sufficient, and let the seedlings dry out a bit. In fact, most fungus problems in an orchid house can be fixed by reducing water and increasing ventilation.
Once the seedlings are established and grown to their second lead or new larger leaf, they can be potted singly into small pots. One local orchid grower whom I wont mention, leaves several seedlings in the one pot (or basket), and when Alf Steel's Barkerias flower ( photo left), there is an instant specimen display.
Growing seedlings from flask is a technique to be learnt, and once mastered, can be very rewarding, especially when YOUR babies start to flower.
Text & photo Ian Walters. May be reproduced provided source acknowledged.
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For those not following Australian politics, the Government has come in for some critisism over spending. A recent political report started by saying, " we know what they are doing with the money, we just dont know what wall they are doing it against."
Another report started " If Julia ( Prime Minister) and Wayne ( Deputy) can whip their parties into line before the next election, they could get a job herding cats."
Ever imagine herdings cats??
1001 rules I forgot
17. Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of
that comes from bad judgment.
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