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Old 11-11-2022, 04:30 AM
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I've been looking at flasks and compots lately, thinking about changing my approach to growing... when I ran across this: Flasks of
Cattleya rex 'Inti' HCC/AOS x sib 'Killa'


The site is quite annoying to navigate. I managed to reserve a few, but I'm also focusing on orchids that I could grow outside, which after a little bit of research, Cattleya rex decidedly is not. What this is however is a sib cross with an AOS awarded specimen by a member of this forum and orchid YouTuber MyGreenPets (which I also found out after a little bit of research into what "MGP01" stands for).

I want this. Each flask has 16 plants for a bit north of $40. There are about 90 plants available for reflasking, meaning if I'm interpreting this correctly they can make 5-6 flasks without much delay. I'm guessing Troy Meyers' site is sort of a crap shoot for the typical browser who finds vague offerings without much of an indication of who the seed donors (e.g. Jim Hanlon, Ms Cynthia Hill, Bill Jasen, and in this case William Green, from my brief survey of current offerings) are.

I feel like these are a great deal, so someone should buy these up real quick before I get tempted.

On a more serious note, does anyone know if all Cattleya seedlings right out of the flask need to dry off quick after watering like it was said of the Cattleya rex? If that's the case, doing a semi-hydro type thing or balls of moss would not be a good idea, right? I'm looking at (again, what could grow outside) species like intermedia, purpurata, amethystoglossa, guttata for example. Also saw a couple posts from Roberta saying the labiata could potentially winter outside, but her website lists it as grown in the greenhouse, so not sure about that one. It's a unifoliate though...
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Old 11-11-2022, 09:05 AM
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I would start with one flask of something easy to grow on and outside, like the purpurata. Deflasking and growing on is a lot different from buying compots.
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Old 11-11-2022, 12:17 PM
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i dunno, if it were me id jump on at least one of those flasks. yeah it’s sorta a lot of cash, but honestly what you might learn could be worth way more than that. plus, with perhaps 16 seedlings, you could try 3 different little setups or 4, with 4 plantlets together at each if you are totally clueless. but with a little research probly 2 different groups with slightly different parameters. then, assuming a 50% failure rate you would still have 8 plants to grow up and give/sell later. meh, deflasking is a fun learning experience, imo. also you know the exact progeny and maybe able to contact the breeder directly, that’s a win/win!
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Hi, these are from my breeding, and I have already received two of these flasks in the mail. You should get some, $43 + shipping is an absolute steal for these.
This is the cross from the first two to bloom from a flask purchased in 2014 and they are strong, resilient growers. The pod parent 'Inti' also has the largest, most shapely flowers of the bunch. They are in excellent condition with tons of roots, and you will get way more than 16.
When you get them, put the whole clump in a warm, humid, well-ventilated, bright place and water them often, making absolutely sure all water has dried off the leaves and in the leaf crevices before watering again. They will start producing roots within a couple of weeks. After a month or two, you can separate them into compots and grow them on for a year or so like that.
That's how I do it. Good luck!
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