Deflasking Orchid Seedlings

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Who would not covet this?

Recently I succumbed to a fit of orchid madness and bought 30 seedlings of the Dockrillia Teretifolium ‘Bridal Vail’ in a flask.  I saw a mature specimen on display at an orchid show and was smitten at once.

These are laboratory babies that arrived in a sealed plastic flask – their artificial womb that provided the perfect condition for their development.  They had been kept in sterile condition with 100% humidity and optimum temperatures in a jelly rich in nutrients.  To say that I was nervous about introducing them to the world in my bathroom basin would be an understatement.  However, this I did.

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First I washed the black jelly off them in running lukewarm water then gently tease the clump of seedlings apart, lining them up on some paper towels to take a breath while I prepare a tray of 50mm pots to house them.

It was a struggle: despite their size they are wiry and wilful creatures and fought me all the way into the pots then tried to climb out again:

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I think the potting mix supplied by the vendor was far too coarse and added to the difficulty of bedding them down but at last I had them in 22 pots and covered them with some cling wrap.

For the next couple of days I was obsessed with them and checked them frequently, taking photographs day and night.  The next challenge would be to take them outside.  They need to learn to sleep rough.

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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14 Responses to Deflasking Orchid Seedlings

  1. taphian says:

    They are really beautiful. I hope you will have such a lot of flowers, too. Some of my orchids are starting to bloom, too. Always a lovely sight, dear Mary. Hope you are fine, have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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  2. Josie says:

    Awesome blog post, hope they flourish for you

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  3. Beautifully described, Mary. Wonderful plant. But I thought ‘orchid madness’ was your permanent condition?

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  4. arlingwoman says:

    Oh, boy. Good luck. But I bet they are hardy little things.

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says:

    The story here, and the intersection of science and nurturing and intuition, is absolutely gripping. I hope your enlightened tough love pays off!

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