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Ordering flasks from Ecuagenera?

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by Gabriel Urbina, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Gabriel Urbina

    Gabriel Urbina New Member

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    Has anyone ordered any during this pandemic? I have my eye on a few mini species, but prices are fairly high for some and i am worried they would not travel well. What have your experiences been?
     
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    I've ordered several flasks from them during the pandemic. I had a couple shipped to me and they arrived fine (when I lived in Miami). The others I picked up at their greenhouse and they were always in good shape. I actually have a few coming from them on this shipment, so we'll see how well they ship from Florida to Indiana! It sounds like they'll be here next week? I can let you know how they look.
    What are you hoping to get?
     
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    Some lepanthes and platystele species. Hopefully the ones I want are still available.
    Thanks! Let me know how yours arrive. I did make an order from them a week ago, getting all my plants in March, so I have a month to decide if i want to add anything. I am in Illinois, so similar weather to yours.
     
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    I stopped ordering flasks from them. I was really pleased with them in the past (2-3 years ago) but recently the quality of their flasks went downhill. Out of the 8 flasks that I ordered from them in 2020, 4 arrived with tiny immature seedlings. Looked like they started selling them as soon as they transferred those from the mother flask onto a fresh medium.
     
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    I always thought that they import to the US every two weeks... How are you getting your order in March then if you already placed it?
     
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    They seem to have spread out their imports at the moment - I think because of the cold weather.

    I have similar observations to Raven. I have only ordered Lepanthes and Trisetella flasks from them, but you will "get what you pay for." The more expensive flasks tend to have older/larger plants in them while the cheaper ones are much smaller. I have some that I got 6 months ago that are still not ready to deflask yet. I have also gotten some that were ready immediately, but most need a fair amount of additional time. Overall, I'm happy with the quality and it has allowed me to get some species that would otherwise be fairly hard to find - but I think some of what I currently have will need a total of 8-10 months of additional growth before I can pull them.
     
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    I was wondering too, I'm not exactly upset about it though because it is winter and it would be safer for the plants I ordered. Though i've not had issues when a heatpack was used. My guess is that they may have received complaints from people who ordered over winter and may have had issues with USPS shipping on time. I ordered a day after their last cut off (January 16th). Their site no longer says twice a month though. Now it just says every month.
     
  8. Gabriel Urbina

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    Did any of the flasks you guys ordered with immature seedlings require replating?
     
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    The problem with their immature flasks is that 1. they shake in transit 2. some of them require replanting 3. they contaminated if left for a long time to mature (probably because of some hardcore shaking while in transit).
     
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    I got a flask of Dracula a year ago that needed to be replated and is still not ready to be deflasked.
     
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    I have not had to replate any of them yet, they have (knock on wood) not turned up contaminated. But, I do fear about seedling loss because my conditions are far less consistent than their flask room I think.

    I will say - I've been happy with my experiences so far. But, there is certainly a lot of risk to it...
     
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    That's my main worry, i've had issues like this with other imported flasks. I don't have the space or resources to replate. So I ended up saving what I could and , generally, most very small seedlings did not make it. Sounds like it may be too much of a gamble at this time.