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Oncidium naevium seedlings deflasked into sheet moss.

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by seidenfaden, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine received a flask of Oncidium naevium seedlings (Columbia to Guyana) which unfortunately had a grey fluffy growth of bacteria or something similar along the surface of the agar medium.
    She asked me to de-flask them, which I did on Jan 27th this year. The image shows the seedlings looking fine and healthy. They are planted in sheet moss which I find highly suitable for sowing seeds and nurturing poorly or damaged plants. This moss stays fresh and healthy as long as you spray it daily, supply good bright light and occasionally give it a weak feed.
    The seedlings are under bright light in intermediate temperature conditions.

    Botanically, mosses are non-vascular plants. They are small (a few centimetres tall) non-woody plants that absorb water and nutrients mainly through their leaves and harvest sunlight to create food by photosynthesis. mossforum 001.JPG

    I gather sheet moss which grows in abundance on rock outcrops in our local moorland. I have used this medium for many years and find that it has unique healing properties for any orchids needing special attention.

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  2. Julie Kennon

    Julie Kennon Member

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    Tri-Cities, Washington State
    It is good to see that the seedling are doing well. And that whatever to grey substance was it didn't do damage. This is good to know about the moss. I was planning on getting some moss for terrariums I'm working on but it doesn't grow freely here. I looked on EBay and found out there were many different types also. So perhaps when I do get some I will start a little farm hospital for seedlings and orchids needing a little spa treatment. Enjoy watching them grow, I hope your friend shares some of them with you...but I'm guessing they will.