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Deflask now or wait?

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Raven, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

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    IMG_4616.JPG I got a flask of lepanthes and I'm not sure if I should deflask it now or wait. All of the lepanthes flasks that I've deflaskef before had pretty large seedlings, some of them were blooming size. Here I have a bunch of 1 cm tall seedlings (0.4''). They seem pretty crowded though.
    What would you guys do?
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    It depends a little bit on what species, but I would wait a bit unless badly jumbled.
     
  3. Raven

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    Thank you, Chuck.
    This is L. tsubotae.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    In that case, they are almost blooming size. So just send it to me .

    Mine is blooming right now...very tiny
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    Raven Well-Known Member

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    Your collection of Lepanthes is already big enough, you don't need more :D

    Nice blooming! What humidity do you maintain around them? I've heard of people growing Lepanthes completely enclosed with a great success.
     
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    But they’re small...one can always fit a few more;).

    My Lepanthes are right in the open greenhouse, although I put them in spots where the microclimate would hopefully hold a high humidity. The ambient RH has been real low of late during the day (20% +/-). It’s great for evaporative cooling as I can keep the cool area around 65F when 80F ambient temperature. I believe the best I’m doing is 70+/- % RH as the Dracula’s have been drooping a bit by day. Lepanthes do not seem as sensitive
     
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    I always look to see if there is sufficient root development before de-flasking.
     
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    You definitely want good rood development prior to deflasking, because that means the plants are up to making roots. However, agar roots will need to be replaced with roots adapted to the growing medium, so you want the leaves to get as large as *reasonably* possible prior to deflasking, as they can continue to trundle along while roots get going.

    Many smaller Lepanthes will flower in flask. It's a pretty good indication that they're probably big enough to plant out.
     
  9. Raven

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    Thanks all.
    I think I'll wait until they are bigger in flask.