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Old 02-12-2018, 08:58 AM
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I bought a flask of Trichopilia suavis X (Trpla X ramonensis X sib) from Marlow Orchids at NHOS show this weekend. They suggested that I plant them in fine Orchiata & perlite & put them in my terrarium or a makeshift mini greenhouse. There are 8-10 seedlings in the flask. Is this the correct way to do this? How do I get them out of the glass flask w/o breaking it?
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:19 AM
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Assuming it's an Ehrlenmyer flask, you pretty much have to break it to extract the seedlings without damage. Trying to fish them out of that narrow neck without doing so is a pain.

The idea behind the fish tank is to maximize the humidity around the seedlings. So far, for their entire lives, they have been in a 100% humidity environment, so they'll need to be "hardened off" and transitioned to dealing with your ambient conditions.

Most folks will put those seedlings into one or two "community pots", depending upon their size. After potting them up and watering them in, in lieu of a tank, you can just invert a clear plastic bag over them to trap the humidity. No need to seal it. Keep them warm and shady, and moisten the potting medium as needed.

Once you see that they are stable, and maybe even growing a bit, remove the bag for an hour for a week, then two hours, then three. If the leaves look OK after a week of the three hours of exposure, I'd leave them out all day, and enclose them at night for another week,then ditch the bag.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:36 PM
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I like olives, pickled peppers and other things that can be bought in 1 gallon / 3.78 liter glass jars. They make great mini greenhouses. Stand the pot inside the lid, invert the jar over the pot and screw down onto the lid. Don't let it get direct sun or the plants will cook. If you want to be sure the pot is not standing in water, or increase bottom ventilation, put an inverted plastic bottle cap under the pot.
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I saw their flasks at the DCOS show this weekend. Good looking plants.

I have a write-up on how to deflask, pot and care for seedlings on my web site:
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select: Cultural notes
select: FO, Growing Orchid Seedlings from Flask
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