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Old 08-04-2022, 09:37 PM
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A couple dormant tubers produced from seed sown via the cardboard method last fall. These are winter growing/summer dormant species. First is Habenaria caffra, second is Satyrium stenopetalum.
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Cool! Can I ask though, what is the cardboard method? I'm sure I could google it but if you don't mind explaining that would be much appreciated
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Cool! Can I ask though, what is the cardboard method? I'm sure I could google it but if you don't mind explaining that would be much appreciated
No problem. Put simply, it's a way of replicating how orchids germinate in the wild. By using wet cardboard as a source of cellulose, you provide food for fungi which enable orchid seeds to germinate and get through their early development stage. The cardboard is incorporated into a substrate suitable for the species you're trying to grow, seed is sown, and then suitable conditions for the species sown are provided. For example, when I do this with species native to my zone 6B climate I sow in the fall then leave the containers outside until really cold weather hits to provide cold stratification, then I bring them into a cool basement under lights to simulate spring.
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