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Catt Mandu 08-19-2014 01:40 PM

Recommendations for flasking lab?
I am in the middle of my own flask-at-home adventure, which is going reasonably well.

I have another pod maturing, Cattleya cross that I made back in March, and will probably want to have some of the seed professionally flasked as well as flasking some at home. I intend to go dry seed instead of green seed.

Anyone have recommendations and contact information for a flasking lab? Since I am in the USA, I want to work with a USA lab; likely easier in terms of shipping, paperwork and so on.

Bonus points for any lab that can work with me on the following issues:

1. Will work with dry (fully mature) seed rather than green pod.

2. Will limit daughter flask production to the number of daughter flasks I request (will not save any seedlings for their own use if I request it). I have seen one lab online that apparently will work with you only if you are willing to share your seedlings with them - that would be a "no".

3. This one may be unusual: Willing to send me any unopened mother flasks from my cross that they do not need to make daughter flasks.

4. Will return, or destroy, any unused seed.

Any advice appreciated - thanks!

exasperatus2002 08-20-2014 01:42 AM

I used Rockbridge labs in Ohio.

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DayDreamer 03-25-2015 09:33 PM

I just completed a 3 1/2 day course in both flasking seed and mericloning. I see that you are in Georgia. If you would be interested in taking this course so you can 'do your own thing' with your seeds and pods, the PM me and I'll give you contact information for the course. It was a truly amazing experience.

catasetum-ian 03-29-2015 08:40 AM

agree with Daydreamer, why don't flasking it yourself. since you already had experiencing sowing green pods, sewing the dry seeds should be easy.
all the seeds i had sown so far are dry seeds, which enable one to store the remaining seeds for future use.
my experience in flasking are shared in my blog, hope it may be of some use to you. not much, but i guess the basics are there.

good luck.

Catt Mandu 04-02-2015 06:56 AM

I appreciate the advice, but the seeds went into flask several months ago. I was looking for a flasking lab because I didn't have time for an other flasking experiment at home. The course does sound interesting, maybe someone else will want to attend.

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