Windowsill Orchids Flasking Lab
​​​​Windowsill Orchid Flasking Lab
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  1. Just some of the flasking supplies
    Just some of the flasking supplies
    We use only the best products available.
  2. Flasking cabinet
    Flasking cabinet
    After much trial and error we had a custom cabinet i designed.
  3. Mother flask
    Mother flask
    You can see just how many seeds germinated.
  4. Steve doing a flasking seminar
    Steve doing a flasking seminar
    Steve goes to local orchid societies talking about flasking.
  5. Steve demonstrating orchid flasking
    Steve demonstrating orchid flasking
    Steve talking about orchid flasking at our local society.

Flasking

  1. Sending in your seed pod
    Pack it in paper (no plastic) and put it in a box and send it to me,contact us for the mailing address and send it out. We recommend that you use your choice of next day service. Do not send if the package will be sitting over the weekend. If you want you just tell us the species of orchid and assign it a number. This assures you that we do not know exactly what Phal (example) you sent, just so we know the species. We do not keep any of the plants for ourselves
  2. Inspect the seed pod
    We recommend that you inspect the seed pod. After about 5 months look for a little bit of yellowing at the top of pod, that is an indication that it is ripening. Depending on the species and temperature maturation dates may differ. To be safe, take a photo and email it to me, I will let you know if it is ready to be cut from the plant.
  3. Watch your plants grow!
    By now you should be able to see growth happening. Your plants will be small, but they will grow and grow and grow. Just make sure you have the pots ready for all your new babies!!
  4. Time to replate
    After germination and good growth it is time to separate the baby plants. We usually put 15 - 20 plants in the replate jars. We do this so that we can cull out the best plantlets putting the strongest growers in the replate jars. After a few months, depending on species and growth we will be able to send them back to you via USPS priority mail, only shipping on Mondays.
  5. Community potting
    When your plants have grown up and look ready to be transplanted it is time to make your community pot. Take the rubber band, plastic wrap and the lid off the jar. If the puck of ajar is still all in one piece, take a butter knife and run it around the inside of the jar, releasing the puck from the glass. Gently slide the puck into the center of the proper growing bark for your orchid. When the plants are ready to be put into their own pot they should each have at least two roots apiece.
  6. When we receive the pod
    We will let you know that the pod arrived safely and proceed to process it. As we can not guarantee seed viability there is no guaranty of germination. We will do everything possible to give you the maximum yield of plants. We will do 1 mother flask per pod. We do our best to get as many plantlets as possible. Pictures will be sent to you of your flask.