Some seedling progress

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Chiu Hua Dancer x St Swithin, deflasked around August 2018
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Wössner Kolorand x rothschildianum, this was deflasked late fall of 2018, if memory serves
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Paph Madame Casiello Seedlings, these are blooming size, based on the size of the first to bloom
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Platanthera blephariglottis, 1st year seedlings
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Cochlioda rosea x Gomesa echinata, from a flask John Dunkleberger gave me. Deflasked Nov 2020, big pseudobulb is the growth since deflasking.
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1st year Calopogon tuberosus
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Paph Triple Bella x micranthum (supposedly). About 2 years out of flask.
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Paph Micran Magic, about 2 years out of flask. Slow but steady growers.
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Paph philippinense v. roebbelenii, from Woodstream. Deflasked Dec 28, 2016. Broke the stem by accident or it would have bloomed last year.
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Do you raise in a tent in your basement or House? Nice growing!
 

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Another fun thing. Harvested a thaianum pod today. #1 x #4. This is line breeding for fragrance and easier plants. Both parents bloomed less than two years from flask, are good rooters without the need for 70° nights year-round, and both are intensely fragrant (for their size) 859fbe52ca6539cca5a64fcbe7783cc7.0.jpgwith a scent very much like Phalaenopsis bellina.
 

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hand raised for some of that when its available, and if its available...;-) i'll drive out and pick up... and bring beer...
 

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Tony - Any cultural hints for Phrag. xerophyticum? Mix, light level, fertilizer, watering schedule, etc.? In other words, how are you growing them. Thanks.
 

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For the mix: Equal proportions of #3 perlite and seedling orchiata to make the base, then mix 5 parts of that that with 1 part crushed oyster shell. Add a touch of charcoal if you want. Plant, then top dress with chick grit or yellow play sand.
As for light, it grows 28in from a 400w Iwasaki 6500k halide in a tight reflector, so very bright. Summer days 16hours, winter days 11-12 hours. Grow hot for most of the year and water frequently, every other day in my 65% humidity conditions. In winter, for 3 months, reduce the water to once a week, but with very high humidity , days in the 70's, nights in the high 40's if you can. For water, I use RODI with Klite and 30-10-10 mixed to 50ppm total Nitrogen content, and feed with every watering. In winter, RODI mixed with some tap water for a total of 10ppm TDS.
 
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