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ScientistKen

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Yeah, tent in a basement. More room than when I grew in my bedroom, but so far, things don't grow quite as well down there.
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 in the crowns and within 24 hrs of deflasking I had killed large numbers. It was kind of spotty certain paphs seemed more susceptible. I have a tented off area for my flask seedlings now and it helps a lot.
 

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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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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) View attachment 25722with a scent very much like Phalaenopsis bellina.
Hey I’m curious about this statement: “without the need for 70° nights year round…” My lone thaianum (compot of 2 plants) is growing well for 2 years in a high open decorative terrarium in a southeast window. Temperatures are ambient with no effort to control them. Winter nights drop into the 40s in that window. Are you saying thaianum will never bloom in those conditions? Or that it can’t survive? My plant looks great and has grown several new leaves but as of yet no sign of bloom and the growths do look blooming size…thank you.
 

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4a0e4b5cf02eadff9343c2750696f562.0.jpgBeginning to deflask my cross of thaianum x sukhakulii, which Ross Hella registered as Memoria Rapee Sagarik this year. Grew like weeds in flask once they got into my hot growspace. Hope to see blooms in less than 2 years!
 

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I was referring specifically to the plants in my care. That said, 40s is a bit cold for thaianum!
Dang it I’m torn…I feel like the plants are happy, winter and summer. No burning. Growth is slow but perfect. I don’t really have a warm winter spot. If it doesn’t bloom in another year, I’ll do something.
 

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Well, this one's not a seedling, but a new acquisition that'll definitely be put to use in breeding,20211124_161515.jpg Paph volonteanum. Also, it's currently the rarest plant in my collection.
 

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Beginning to deflask my cross of thaianum x sukhakulii, which Ross Hella registered as Memoria Rapee Sagarik this year. Grew like weeds in flask once they got into my hot growspace. Hope to see blooms in less than 2 years!
nice roots!.... can't wait to see the outcome!
 

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Back to seedlings: Here are a couple very tiny Liparis lilifolia that I had to deflask early due to contamination. Thought for sure they were goners, but apparently not. The leaf you see is barely 1/4in long.20211126_160825.jpg
 
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