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Old 05-10-2019, 10:11 AM
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125 days now and still alive. We took the two jars that where overflowing with protocorms and transplanted some of them into three different jars, twenty of the more advanced ones in each jar. Some of the smaller protocorms where starting to suffer, turning yellow and not maturing. So I think it was time for a move. No molds as of yet, one week after moving them.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:52 PM
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Sad news to report, mold has taken the three remaining jars that we had transferred the biggest protocorms into. We will have to better our technique, put a better filter on our chamber and be more vigilant about keeping things more sterile. This has been a great learning experience and are willing to try again. We do have several hybrid cattleya crosses that the pods are developing nicely. And the Neofinetia is back in bloom and I noticed several seed pods all ready. So there is hope for a another try at this. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.
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i'm sorry to hear that! your thread was very interesting to follow. i'm glad that you're not giving up... please keep us posted on all future endeavors!

edit: i was re-reading your previous posts, and i noticed that initially, two jars out of nine were contaminated, and your final three jars were contaminated. it's definitely not too discouraging that your final three were all contaminated because the sample size was too small (if you had, say, thirty jars, probably only 6 to 10 would get contaminated). contamination is always going to be a factor in these sorts of environments... it's probably beneficial to meet/anticipate this challenge by just having more jars/groups of seedlings.

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Thanks for the encouragement Neophyte. I thought that nine would be plenty of jars to start with. We did loose most to mold but I believe that it was do to our lack of experience in keeping things sterile enough when the jars where open and transferring protocorms from one jar to another. We can and will try to improve on that. We did loose some jars to what i believe was over heating. There are two jars that where green and doing well and then all the protocorms turned gray and quit developing without any mold being present. I think that the jars got to hot and cooked them. All part of the leaning curve.
I donít know if you can see in the photo but all of the protocorms have turned from green to gray and no mold present. If this where easy then we all grow them from seed to start with. We will try again and thanks again for all the support.
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