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My first deflasking!

My husband got me a flask of Brassavola nodosas for Christmas and they were finally ready to deflask. (Actually, I finally got the nerve to do it!) I think I did it right: pic 1 is the flask to the right and the prepared medium to the left; pic 2 is dunking open flask in warm water to get as many babies out as possible; pic 3 is where I had to break the flask to get the rest out; pic 4 – the babies are in a community pot; pic 5 – a nice shade/humidity hood ‘till they get acclimated to life outside the flask womb!! So excited – hope they make it!
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Hi seems nice size plants, from cultural notes at below they are warm growers so keep them warm, I would prop open the cover a little bit to allow fresh air in and help harden them off, open a bit more each day and after 4 or 5 days can be removed completely
Best of luck as it is an exciting project if all goes well, keep us updated

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What kind of medium are you using??
They look great
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Where do you get them flasked seedlings cheap?
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Emmaye, it's called Hausermann's Fine Bark mix - got it from Hausermann's (natch!) in Villa Park, IL, not too far from me. It has fine bark, sphag, and those little white balls which I constantly forget the name of. They seem to be doing well. They haven't changed much, but it's only been a week. Will post pics when they start to grow!
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Where do you get them flasked seedlings cheap?
It looks like you are in Singapore, so I'm not sure where you would go. Perhaps Google some places in your city? They're not too expensive here. I paid $45 for this flask. Not bad for about 30 plants!
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My husband got me a flask of Brassavola nodosas for Christmas and they were finally ready to deflask. (Actually, I finally got the nerve to do it!) I think I did it right: pic 1 is the flask to the right and the prepared medium to the left; pic 2 is dunking open flask in warm water to get as many babies out as possible; pic 3 is where I had to break the flask to get the rest out; pic 4 – the babies are in a community pot; pic 5 – a nice shade/humidity hood ‘till they get acclimated to life outside the flask womb!! So excited – hope they make it!
Looks good. They will be more sensitive to humidy till they get some age to them. Mortality can be high based on species and your personal experience. With my new house over the winter, it probably has 10% humidity. My first deflasking was with 3 flasks and I only have 4 babies to show for it. Had to resort to keeping them in a terrarium to maintain the high humidity. But that is due to my individual environmental conditions. One thing I also wish I'd had on hand (local shops didnt have any when I deflasked) was some physan as a precaution. When they started to crash, some of them I think I lost for reasons other then humidity.

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Well, my friends, here's what I can say - they are still alive!! I lost a few teeeeeeeny ones, but here's a pic of the rest. I potted up 29 babies yesterday and they actually look pretty good, though I must say they did not grow much from the day of deflasking: 2/11/13. Not sure if that's normal. But, they look OK, right? This is my first try, so I don't trust my eye. Tell me what you think!!
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Hi plants look nice and green, from my personal point of view they are vastly over potted and can lead to problems when watering as their is a lot of potting mix to hold lots of water in.
Have you started to feed them yet, remember baby plants and use the fertilizer very week mix for a few months.
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I just planted up two compots (about same number of plants!) of the same species in fine orchiata bark and will be interested to see how they do compared to yours! Mine don't have nearly as many leaves as yours do. Please update this thread from time to time and I'll try and take a few pics and post mine here as well for comparison! Besides the nodosas I also have two compots of Little Stars & cucullata! So many "babies" and so much time........for them to grow........makes me wish I was young again - not sure I'll live long enough!
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My young ones - nodosa & Little Stars and then cucullatas.
Little plants with little roots - I see a LOT of "baby" sitting in my future..............
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Mayres, they look good! When did you deflask?
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These have been deflasked a couple months. Pretty small - I think they could have potentially stayed in flask for quite awhile longer.
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Only the pots in green are the recent deflasked plants - brown pots are older seedlings of same
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Great! I'm glad to see someone else with Brassies deflasked a couple months ago and they're still little things. I guess our babies are normal!
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