First deflasking - Paph. PEoY

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orchidman77

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Hey folks! Just jumped in the deep end and purchased my (sort of) first flask from Sam--Paph. Prince Edward of York (sanderianum 'Lady in Red' x roth. 'Leo' SM/JOGA)!!! :clap:

Yesterday, I slid the seedlings out of the flask gently and let them soak in water for several hours to loosen the agar. I read so much about the agar on/off debate, with convincing arguments on both sides, but decided in the end to separate the seedlings now. After an hour of careful separation tactics :rollhappy: I had too many seedlings to count and potted them up in a mixture of small Orchiata Bark and Sphagnum. I did this because (1) sphag has antifungal properties and (2) I know sanderianum hybrids normally like to be a little wetter than most multis. Now, they are happily residing by a low-light windowsill to adjust to the real world inside a small plastic frame; the frame has a few cutouts so it's not 100% sealed. The general plan is to wait about 6 months, or however long it takes before I need to repot the babies into more permanent compots.

Please give any and all advice for deflasking beginners! What else is there to do? I've read everything I can to get ready, but when I got that flask in my hand, I realized that there is still so much to learn!

A few pics for your viewing pleasure are attached. Hopefully they'll feel the love and start growing for me! :p

David
 

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looking good! keep them gently moist but don't water too frequently (maybe once every 3-4 days or so). very low fertilizer rates as well. Good luck!
 

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Good luck on the flask! Should do well. Give it some gentle air circulation after watering so the crowns and axil dry out to prevent rotting and keep it warm.
 

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Congrats and Good luck. I found the agar hockey puck method didn't work for me. Not too bright and if necessary treat w/ antifungal contraceptively.
 
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Thanks guys! Yep, watering every few days and gradual adjustment to normal conditions...and cultivating a deep sense of patience on my part!!

David
 
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I think Sam's flasks need to have most of the agar off - its very rubbery.
They look nice.

Thanks! I have read the same thing from several people. This is actually why I separated the seedlings and removed the agar...

Any ideas on how long I should keep them covered before I acclimate them to normal indoor conditions? 76/77 degrees F, good humidity (it is Louisiana)...I was thinking 2 or 3 weeks.

David
 
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Update 3.22.16

Hey folks! It's been just over six months and my PEoY plants look great! They receive natural light in a South-facing window and are fed lightly all the time. They seem to love it, and have mostly put out 2-2.5 new leaves that are much wider and thicker than the flask leaves. I know these are really slow, so I think that they are looking great for the amount of time they've been out of flask! Here they are:

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David
 

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Excellent!!! I'm jealous, I love peys, good growing, if you ever decide to sell one let me know!!!
 
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Excellent!!! I'm jealous, I love peys, good growing, if you ever decide to sell one let me know!!!

I have way more than I ever intend to keep (35+), so I'll sell you a compot! LOL :rollhappy:

Thanks guys! It's so nice to see some real success my first time trying Paph flasks.

I'll keep this updated every few months...

David
 
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Thanks abax, I'm sure it was ALL YOUR work!! :rollhappy:

Troy, I'll contact you when they're bigger!

David
 
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