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Im not sure if I mentioned it at the beginning of the thread somewhere but the oppurtunity to use Blc Chia Lin 'New City' AM/AOS as the pollen plant instead of pod plant came about because my cat, socks, had broken the flower spike on the Chia Lin only a few days after it first opened up. So I saved the pollinia until the Guaranthe finally bloomed. Darn cat.
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391 days and counting and Its still not ready. I know they say indoor grown capsules take longer then greenhouse kept but this is killling me. At this rate, by they time it dehiscs, is replated & unflasked & finally flowers, my 22 month daughter, for whom it will be named after, will be graduating college.
Well it would surely make an awesome graduation present! Just hope you won't have to wait that long. I hope this thread stays around for the duration of the plant!
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:07 PM
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Well. My stars. When I clicked on to this thread and saw it was started...OVER A YEAR AGO!!! I thought I'd see more than a pregnant pod by now. Truly, I have read the thread from beginning to end and I'm fascinated by the entire process. I will check back often to follow the pod progress! Good luck!
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Well. My stars. When I clicked on to this thread and saw it was started...OVER A YEAR AGO!!! I thought I'd see more than a pregnant pod by now. Truly, I have read the thread from beginning to end and I'm fascinated by the entire process. I will check back often to follow the pod progress! Good luck!
Thank you for reading my post. I tend to skip ahead in long discussions but thats just me. I was getting rather impatient waiting on the capsule to mature since its taking longer then "typical" Cattleya times but after speaking with another flasking co. as previously mentioned, I had no clue it can take so long. Knowing now that its not at this species time frame yet, Im not that impatient yet, anymore..... (is it ready yet?).
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There are quite a few of us following this with interest - even some who haven't posted responses. Enjoyed the process/comments/responses online - thanks for sharing.
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exasperatus2002, you have way more patience then I do. I won't even consider starting with ones in a 2 inch pot any more. Give my mature plants from now on. I will follow this thread with much interest though.
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just a quick update.......Im......still waiting. today is day 401.
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Gah! I'm new and I just read this thread... you must have the patience of a saint. LOL
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Gah! I'm new and I just read this thread... you must have the patience of a saint. LOL
Welcome to the board! Always glad to see a local (PA resident) on here. As for patience, I have more then my wife since Im an outdoorsman but in this case I just dont have a choice.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:13 AM
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Emergency Update! Day 404

On Sunday, I had given her a good soak. There were no signs of anything other then a new growth. I checked on it today and OMG!!!!! I almost missed it. It has started to open up. I clipped the capsule & wrapped it in a napkin and placed it in an envelope. I’ll wait a few days to shake out the seed to send in dry. I’ve notified my Lab, this morning via email and am waiting for a response. 404 days down and now a year to a year and a half more to wait!! Pray its fertile.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:15 AM
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OOps almost forgot the pictures.........













And here is what the seed looks like. Its a yellowish super fine dust, you can see it on the napkin.


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OMG! Congratulations!!!! and FINALLY!!!!! I'm sooo glad your pod did it's thing. Mine are still green as gourds (the self-pollinated Lockhartia)...

You must be giddy.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:53 AM
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OMG! Congratulations!!!! and FINALLY!!!!! I'm sooo glad your pod did it's thing. Mine are still green as gourds (the self-pollinated Lockhartia)...

You must be giddy.
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Yay!!! I used a coffee filter to catch them, it's a bit stronger than tissue. I'm really excited about the color of you seeds! The photos of good seed that I've seen, have all been that creamy tan color. The ones that I had that were "duds", were snow- white! I think you have some winners there, Scott!! Congratulations!!!!
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That is very giddy!

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Old 04-30-2009, 04:01 AM
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I'm so happy for you! I've been following this thread and it helped me decide to try it.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:39 PM
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Woohoooo!!!

I got an email update from the lab that I sent my seed to...Heres what they had to say;


Hi Scott,

We received your seed. Microscopically, it has over 90% embryos. This is very good, but we won't know what the viability is for a couple of months yet. I was glad that you used the larger flower as the pollen parent. This usually works better than the other way around.

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Congrats on the project! It was certainly A*.

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I just saw this thread was updated. Boy this baby took it's time but seems it's going to be all worth it. Congrats and can't wait to get the word on the viability part. I'm sure you're going to get several flasks out of your hard work and patience. Keep us posted!
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I almost cried, I was so happy!! My seed showed zero embryos... Looks like you're a fertile myrtle!! Congratulations!!!
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I just saw this thread was updated. Boy this baby took it's time but seems it's going to be all worth it. Congrats and can't wait to get the word on the viability part. I'm sure you're going to get several flasks out of your hard work and patience. Keep us posted!
Thank you Patticake!

Solay, the hard part will be how many flasks to order. Im thinking 3 would be best because of mortality rates but then if 25 of the 75 die I still have to accomendate 50 until first bloom. Then I can pick one & have it registered. I've already settled on splitting the order to grow 1/2 in S/H & 1/2 in a traditional bark mix. Guess I have more time to figure out what Im doing. lol this is the bad part of orchids........the wait.
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I would say you have the patience to wait. 404 days WOW!!! I don't think I would have the patience and at my age, probably not the time. LOL Good job.
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Wow......just wow.

I was searching for info on another genus and stumbled into this thread.

I was getting anxious just reading the whole thread and I've no idea what you must have been going through. I'm happy to see that the pod finally started to split and you were able to harvest the seeds. 404 days is quite impressive.

Good luck and I look forward to any updates.

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Thank you everyone. I'll post updates as I receive them.
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Congratulations!! Keep us posted on the babies!!
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altho I haven't posted til now, I have been reading. It all seems so technical, I wonder if I'll ever reach a point where this is something I might try. Reading everything in the thread, I have a WHOLE lot to learn yet. But it's still very exciting to learn and see how the process works. I look forward to seeing what happens next!
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WOW and Congratulations!!!!!!! I too have been following this thread since you posted the very first post. Following this thread has been mesmerising & I look forward to following the progress until you get plants & blooms! Thank you for sharing with us and Good Luck with the next phase!
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altho I haven't posted til now, I have been reading. It all seems so technical, I wonder if I'll ever reach a point where this is something I might try. Reading everything in the thread, I have a WHOLE lot to learn yet. But it still very exciting to learn and see how the process works. I look forward to seeing what happends next!
We all have to start somewhere. I started out killing home depot rescues about 10 yrs ago. Im still learning though since I started this thread I've learned alot.
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Update

I got an email from the flasker Here it is........

Hi Scott,

Your cross has started to germinate, and it's doing very well. Have you thought about how many replates you want when they are ready? We put 30 plants in a replate jar, on the premise that you'll get at least 25 good plants at deflasking. If you are looking for a bunch of replates, we'll need to make a spread plate of the seed, since it is germinating so heavily. Let us know.

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I SO CANT MAKE UP MY MIND!!! I've been at odds with this question since I made the hybrid. I've read seedlings can have a high mortality rate but dont hear of numbers, ex. lost 10 of 25. I also only have so much room. Do I order 2 flasks (50 seedlings) or go for 3 (75 seedlings). Do I err of the high side since I have absolutely no experience with deflasking. I have one shelf to dedicate to them 18" x 48". Dont be shy now, I'll listen to everyones ideas before making up my mind.
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Wow! I just met them last month haha! They are a very nice couple and very knowledgeable about native orchids too! That is so funny lol! That is excellent! I am glad you are having such wonderful results!!!!!! Whooo Hoooooo Good job Scott! I say go for three flasks! Once you have them into compots and then into single pots if you have too many you could auction some off for the site or sell some to us your good geeky buddies wink wink lol!
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Yay!! How exciting! I know that our OS had a daflasking program where we used noid Cattleyas. Some have killed all theirs, and others haven't. It's got a lot to do with the conditions, etc.- I would get 3 and try different methods.
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Germination is so exciting!!!! Congrats!!! I would get as many flasks as you can!!! (Just think of how long you waited for that pod to pop) I say maximize your ROI!!!
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I am a newbie and this is soooo exciting. Congrats!!! I hope I will get your patience as well as expertise.

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You could always see if any Geeks are interesting in purchasing a flask and widening the potential of bringing up good healthy little catts?! If one person fails another may come up with the magic process? Just a thought.......
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I have just read this thread start to finish it is exciting to say the least will definately keep an eye on it, i have learn't alot just reading this thread, i'm quite keen to give it a go. Thanks for the detailed info it is very informative.

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So Scott, what did you do? How many flasks did you order?

..by the way when it comes to de flasking I read somewhere that is better NOT do them all at the same time .. but to space them out over a couple weeks.. ?
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Scott, the patience of a saint. You must keep us posted with your results. AND I thought buying a flask was too time consuming, lol.
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First orchid hybrid attempt.

Great picture...I recently had a first blooming of my first hybrid that I made a few years back. I still need to get it registered with the RHS, but I think it turned out pretty nice. Here is a couple of pictures.

Good luck with your first attempt, it is a lot of fun!!!
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Good job with the hybrid. what did the parents look like?
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Update

While I was at a panick that I'd lost all the valueable information in this thread. I emailed my lab to see if I can get a pic of the mother flask or atleast an update. Heres what I just received............

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Here are some mother flask shots. The germination was so heavy we had to spread the plants out. That's what the flask on the right is. Sorry for the quality of the photos - that's the best my iPhone can do.

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I wonder how much longer they have before needing replating?
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Wow. I just found this thread. Unbelievable. All the information and knowledge. Thank you!
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Thank you & all the others who've followed along.
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Wow!

Since i first joined in may, i've been following this thread. and i want to thank you so much for sharing the process, i dont know if i have the patience for this but it is certainly a ride to watch :-) If you have thought about maybe selling ,please have me in mind i would love to buy one off of u! I hope to see more updates soon! Congratulations!
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Since i first joined in may, i've been following this thread. and i want to thank you so much for sharing the process, i dont know if i have the patience for this but it is certainly a ride to watch :-) If you have thought about maybe selling ,please have me in mind i would love to buy one off of u! I hope to see more updates soon! Congratulations!
Thank you Melodee. Im sure I'll be able to part with one since I've ordered 3 flasks (25 seedlings to a flask).
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Wow, that's amazing. Now I can't wait to see them grow and then bloom.
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OOOOoooooOOOO, nice protocorn. Probably take a year before you can collect the plant.
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I think it will be well worth the wait though hahah! This is fabulous so cool to see your baby protocrms Awesome! Yay! Whoooo!
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OOOOoooooOOOO, nice protocorn. Probably take a year before you can collect the plant.
The capsule took 404 days to dehisc. I think at this point waiting another year for the flasks to be ready......I hope.
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This has been such an amazing read ...I look forward to watching it continue...I can see myself trying this someday. Actually I can't see myself not trying this someday...I don't keep what I would consider to be non breedable reptiles, even if I don't plan to breed them. Good luck to you!
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Just a little bump. Last I heard my hybrid was very prolific. it'll be 8 months on 12/29 since it dehisc'd.
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updated pics

I received an updated picture of the hybrid. My babies growing up fast! sniff sniff...

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They didnt mention when they'll be ready for deflasking. Any guesses?
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Ohh HOW COOL! AND EXCITING! Looks like the far right one has some nice roots forming too! This is amazing!
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They look great, Scott! I'm guessing 3-4 months. They look almost as big as the ones our club deflasked that I sent you. I'm so excited for you!
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this is fast. I guess another 6 months you can collect the plant already.
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Wow. this is just incredible. Thank you so much for sharing!
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WOW Congratulations on getting this far I look forward to the next chapter.
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congrats! I am looking forward to see them progressing.
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Thanks Gang! I just noticed from the receint pic that they're bifoliates. I was wondering which it'd take after since the pod plant is a bifoliate & the pollen plant was a unifoliate (single leaf).
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This thread is just TOO COOL! Thanks for posting pics and explanations along the way (and all the helpful comments from fellow geeks). Your babies have gone from seed, to something that looked like moss, to plantlets!
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Have you harvested yet? I've read the whole thing and so curious to know how it has turned out. I would really like to do the same but really scared to do so, because I'm so inexperienced.
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Have you harvested yet? I've read the whole thing and so curious to know how it has turned out. I would really like to do the same but really scared to do so, because I'm so inexperienced.
I should get the flasks back from the lab this spring but I havent received a delivery date yet.
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I have been following this and they are so cool!! Can't wait to see the next step. Thanks for sharing this for all of us who are too scared to try it for ourselves!!
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Do you have updated photos of your "babies". They've gotta be bigger since the December posting!
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Do you have updated photos of your "babies". They've gotta be bigger since the December posting!
Thanks for the bump. No I havent received any updated pics yet since the last one. I did receive an email from them on 3/8.

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