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Hi Keith

I´m happy to see you like the flowhood :)

What media do you use for seed germination? Some media work better than other. Of course it depends on the species you want to germinate.


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Hello Dennis, The hood is fantastic! Media is next on my list to get right. I am using p668 media at the moment as that is what I have, I do need to look deeper into media. No contamination so far with the hood!

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What I do need to stop doing is once I have put the seeds in to the flask is leave them alone! Straight after sowing I have a habit of spinning the flask to disperse the seed/water but this just puts seeds up the sides!

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I am happy to say I have my first bit of green stuff :D.

It is from a pod of M. coriacea, don't know whether it self pollinated or crossed, either way it looks to have germinated!
I sown these is December.

Still no contamination.

Happy days..........

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I am happy to say I have my first bit of green stuff :D.................

Still no contamination.

Happy days..........


Happy days indeed. I can't see you getting contamination now, unless you open the flask, and 'green stuff' is definitely good :D

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I am happy to say I have my first bit of green stuff :D.................

Still no contamination.

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Happy days indeed. I can't see you getting contamination now, unless you open the flask, and 'green stuff' is definitely good :D


Green stuff is a joy, I am over the moon to get something to germinate as I was starting to doubt my process!

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I now have green stuff in my three Masdevallia flasks, the latest one to go green I am over the moon with as it is my own cross! This flask I actually opened up to remove some excess water and since it seems to have taken well, so the flow hood is definitely doing its job.

I have two Paph flasks that I am now waiting on, 100 % no contamination rate so far and got green stuff, cannot be bad.
Lets hopefully look forward to little plants.

They are looking rather odd at the moments, almost like balls!

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They are looking rather odd at the moments, almost like balls!


That sounds about right Keith, in a while the balls should differentiate into individual plants. Keep up the good work :clap:

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They are looking rather odd at the moments, almost like balls!


That sounds about right Keith, in a while the balls should differentiate into individual plants. Keep up the good work :clap:


Yes Terry, I did a google images search and it is quite interesting seeing the different stages, there are lots of images to look at.

So it was comforting to see plain green ball too! I am surprised though how big they are getting, so expect the seed to have clustered? What do you think?

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So it was comforting to see plain green ball too! I am surprised though how big they are getting, so expect the seed to have clustered? What do you think?


It could be that you have a lot of seed in the flask giving that effect, time will tell.

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Keith and Terry you are inspiration for all of orchid growers here.
Keith, may we hope for any photos of seedlings or photos of parent plants flowers :)
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Keith and Terry you are inspiration for all of orchid growers here.
Keith, may we hope for any photos of seedlings or photos of parent plants flowers :)
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Thank you Pisakis.

I will do some soon.
I still have the flasks doing well, my own Masdevallia cross flask is just starting to look like proper tiny plants.
Hopefully I can keep them going until flowering size.
M. scobina 'Alison' AM/CCC RHS x M. chaparensis will be interesting and a dream to be able to have my own hybrid.
It isn't easy and takes patients, but I have had Masdevallia flowering after 3 years once out of the flask. I hope they really get going now!

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Here are some pictures of my ickle grow area and shows that a complex setup isn't a must. Ickle as it is :lol: I could get a fair few flasks on there, maybe 50-60!!!
The tube/light fitting was cut from the top of a unused tropical fish setup.
I may in the furure get a Light Wave T5 unit.

The flasks are progressing nicely and coming up to 12 months old! There is Masdevallia coriacea, my own hybrid of M.scobina 'Alison' CC/AM RHS x M. chaperensis, and Gary's seeds of his select X. I have lots more of his seed that I need to flask up.

With my seed protocol by Carol Stiff and flow hood I have had 100% success so far 8-) I know 5 germinated flasks is no big deal but a start.
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Yea, you are right Keith, this is not a big deal, this is a GREAT deal!!!
You have done a wonderfull job there, well done :clap:
We're looking forward to see your next update :D
In the meantime, I have too two Phaius tankervilleae flasks that I am waiting on.
15 days have already past and have no contamination, but it's too early to celebrate.

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Keith that looks fantastic, particularly the flask of your hybrid paphs. Will you be planning on re-plating them any time soon or just letting them grow on in the mother flask?
One observation I have is that the medium in the flask looks to be rather solid with very few roots going down into it or is this just how it shows on the pics. I would be just a little worried that unless the roots get into the medium they will get little in the way of nutrients.

Once again my congratulations on a job well done. :clap:

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Hi Keith,
Can you tell us a few words about the preparation of the media that you used?

Some growers as using p6668 they suggest this formula:
p6668 medium 13.5 grams/liter
sugar 5 grams/liter
agar 7.5 grams to 7.8 grams.

But, the original amount of p6668 is 27.3 grams/liter of water.

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Christos, I know you aimed your question at Keith but if it helps I use the proportions you mention for sowing cattleya seed ie 13.5g of P6668 per litre. I do up this to 20g/litre for replates and add a bit of banana.

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Hi Terry,
The agar is not ideal, it was from my first try and I left the flasks unused for a very long time, but being as I was trying for my first time I decided to try them instead of throwing away and buying more.

I am pretty stuck with what I have now so am reluctant to disturb them at this point as they are small and I can only see me damaging the roots, but it would probably be wise for me to replate them when they are a bit bigger.
Not had any experience replating Terry so what would you recommend?

I was planning to leave them for as long as I can, I will only replate once if I have to and I don't plan to vent.

Cristos the agar is as Terry described.

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It helps a lot Terry and thank you very much for your quick response :D
I've already used the 13.5g of P6668 per litre too. So it's ok then.
By the way congratulations for your successful germination of Cattleya seeds. :clap:

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