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Purchasing Flasks from Ecuagenera or Peruflora

Discussion in 'Orchid Vendor FYI' started by DarleneJay, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    I am considering ordering a flask or 2 from both Ecuagenera and Peruflora. I have ordered plants before from Ecuagenera, and it can be a little on the hit or miss side. Still, I am more often satisfied than not. I have never ordered from Peruflora before. So, I have no reference point.

    I will be able to pick-up the Ecuagenera order but I may have the Peruflora order shipped. This would be my first time having flasks imported.

    Does anyone have experience ordering flasks that they would be willing to share? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Raven Active Member

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    I've bought flasks of Dendrobium and Dracula from Ecuagenera before. Was very pleased.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Darlene,

    I've had hit or miss on the flasks before, so now I generally only order when I pick them up at the shows. That being said, I preordered two flasks from Ecuagenera that I picked up at the San Francisco show and they were very nice and basically ready to come out.
     
  4. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Raven and Chuck. I ordered one flask, which I will pick up from the Mid America show in April.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Can we ask what you are getting?
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Of course! I am getting a Sophronitis brevipedunculata flask. I would have purchased another one but I went of a flask purchasing spree last year. Things did really well but now I have 100+ seedlings in my growing space. And they are gettting bigger...
     
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    Out of curiousity, what flasks did you get?
     
  8. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    I got two flasks of Dendrobium vexillarius. One was was labeled blue form and the other was variety retroflexum new wild type...suspecting this should be shades of blue as well. I was very happy as the plants were big and well rooted. About 3-4 years ago I ordered a flask of vexillarius from them and the plants were very small and spindly...and I lost quite a few. I was actually thinking about the brevipedunculata as well. I did pick up a flask of Sophronitis mantiqueirae from Marni which looks very nice. I know what you mean about space...I have a couple of compots of a nice Laelia purpurata cross that could fill out a whole greenhouse on their own
     
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    Those dendrobiums are precious. They remind me of little jewels. Maybe one day I will have the conditions and cultural touch to make them thrive.

    The funny thing with the Sophronitis is that I was thinking about that one from Marni. Instead I went in a completely different direction and purchased a Cym tigrinum instead, which are doing well.

    Now if I could only get more space and more time.
     
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    I hope that you'll get good ones! I've never gotten one from Ecuagenera, but I bought 2 flasks from Peruflora about 4 years ago. Hofmeisterella eumicroscopica died within a couple weeks, but I remember that it was my fault. Phragmipedium kovachii did OK, but the plants were slightly smaller than domestic flasks (e.g. compared to Troy Meyers or Orchid Inn). The ruler is in inches. They were growing ok for a year or so, but I screwed up and killed them....
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    It is fun to grow from flasks, but yeah, the space becomes a big issue to me, too. You already ordered it, but Floralia frequently have grown-up S. brevipedunculata. It is about $15 in the last price list.
     
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    Since I am always space-challenge, I put the flasks in compots and just let them grow until they are bursting out. I've even had a few Lycaste hybrids bloom in flask. :)

    Sometimes it is the luck of the draw on some flask imports. A friend in Australia was complaining to anyone who would listen how bad the blue Den vexillarius flask was that he got from Ecuagenera a month or so.
     
  12. Chuck-NH

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    Agree Marni...that's why when I order, I pick up in person and have correspondence beforehand indicating I will pay after inspection. Both of my flasks were very nice and even though ready to come out, I can actually hold them a little longer as they still relatively vigorous in flask. I too am guilty of crowding the compots :)...particularly those that need to be mounted, as I procrastinate longer.
     
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    Just wanted to report back. I picked up my Sophronitis brevipedunculata flask in late April. Just getting around to deflasking. It looks wonderful!!

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