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    What does line-breeding actually mean?

    I agree that maintaining diversity of the gene pool is definitely important, but it does complicate line breeding.
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    What does line-breeding actually mean?

    Great advice Tony. Regarding selfings, there's actually a use to that if you have the space to grow 20 or so. This can give insights into whether a plant has one or two copies of gene. If it's heterozygous for a trait, you should get one or more double recessive plants to tell you that it is...
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    Unexpected CCE

    Wow, that is really nice. Well presented, too.
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    Shout out to Dr Leslie EE,

    Great articles. The photos are really nice, too. There's a lot more variety to venustum than I realized.
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    Phragmipedium Majestic Tresses 'Bryon'

    I don't know if Bryon is an alumni. I've had pretty good luck with the divisions I have bought from them.
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    Phrag. kovachii ‘Grande’ x self

    Nice job, Looks great!! Thanks for the insights into your culture techniques. I've been thinking Cal/Mg would be a good addition. I have two plants from that same cross that I got in 2019. They were NBS when I got them and I still haven't bloomed them. I'm getting better with kovachii now...
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    Phragmipedium Majestic Tresses 'Bryon'

    I bought it from Southwestern College in Kansas. Looks like they have blooming size divisions available right now for $100. https://www.sckans.edu/other/greenhouse/phragmipedium/
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    Phragmipedium Majestic Tresses 'Bryon'

    A division I purchased a couple years ago bloomed and was awarded an AM/AOS yesterday. 80 points. The petal length was 67cm. Bloom is a little more cream colored than appears in the photo below.
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    kovachii seedlings

    I've also seen Raccoons also go after some potting mixes with time release fertilizer in it. I think they smell the gelatin that encapsulates the fertilizer or maybe it has fish emulsion in it.
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    P besseae 'Mem Mary Lou Dundon' AM x 'Black Falls' AM

    I took a pic outside to capture color better.
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    Some seedling progress

    Also, I grow mostly phrags which like the cooler basement temp. I see that some of my warmer loving orchids tolerate but don't thrive in that environment.
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    Some seedling progress

    I started growing in basement a few years ago and temp is one of the challenges, especially for flask seedlings. I killed a lot of flask seedlings by using my former method (dome over heated tray and NZ sphag). The heat mat was plugged into light timer so temp dropped to 60F, all the dew fell...
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    kovachii seedlings

    Thanks Mike and BrucherT. I will avoid using it with the orchids I take outside.
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    Phrag. Sorcerer’s Apprentice?

    I have a Sorcerer's Apprentice with much less coloration. Mine is extremely sensitive to temperature during bud development for color. I've always wondered abotu mine because the blooms aren't as dark as pictures I see of others. My plant is quite large. I have it in a 12" pot.
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    P besseae 'Mem Mary Lou Dundon' AM x 'Black Falls' AM

    This opened today. First time blooming and it has at least one more bud coming. Actual bloom is a little darker. I'm pretty happy with it.
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    kovachii seedlings

    Thanks for sharing. I know David. His cave was really orchid cool back in the day. A little bit confusing. What I have is called chicken grit, too. Has anyone had issues with animals being attracted to the oyster shells? I keep some of my orchids outside during summer and don't want to...
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    kovachii seedlings

    Thanks Mike. I will check that out. Plus when you said feed store it reminded me that I have crushed oyster shell that I forgot about. That was something I used a lot of times in the past.
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    kovachii seedlings

    No, I don't add limestone but only because I don't have any handy. Do you get yours from a hardware store? I have rocks other than hydroton like pea gravel and also include some large perlite. I have added dolomite before but like you say it washes out. In the past, moss was my primary...
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    kovachii seedlings

    Nice job Mike. Very healthy and I like the way you have them diagonal in the pot. Here are some of my 735 seedlings in 3.5" square and 4.5" round pots. Mine are a little haphazard and less uniform. They were around the size of yours a few months ago and had a crazy growth spurt when I...
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    Paphiopedilum kolopakingii

    One more bloom to go. Unfortunately, it had a weird s-shaped spike when it was developing. I like the blooms though.
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