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  1. Yup - based on my experiences, I suspect that would work better than shipping dry. Years ago, Pyro & Barry did a giveaway with U. humboldtii seeds. They were shipped successfully in moist paper towels - I believe this would also work for the other Orchidioides. I was amazed that both of the experienced growers that I sent campby seed to had zero germinations when I had 100%. Also - you can imagine my disappointment that I couldn't get one U. unifolia seed to germinate when I know the seeds were freshly taken from the plants.
  2. Last year I did a number of selfings & crosses with various Orchidioides. The U. campbelliana selfed seeds were the most robust of all - they had close to 100% germination.** All seeds were spread 50:50 on chopped live LFS or sterile cotton pads (like people use to remove makeup). The surface on which they were sown made no difference in germination. ** the 100% germination was achieved here in my basement grow area by immediately planting the seeds after harvest. The seeds that were shipped to other growers (even just 2 days in the mail system) had 0% germination. This was also my experience when ordering seeds from Tobias (as well as other Orchidioides seed from South America). After looking at my experiences, in the future I would ask Orchidioides seed shippers to pack the seed in moist paper towels (or similar) to avoid death by desiccation.
  3. Most of the flowers fell off today (from pollination), although some were in better condition than the others. I gathered up the two U. quelchii forms & added a U. humboldtii. Then I took a pic with my other camera. No, these two clones are the only U. quelchii that I currently grow. No, it has flowered before.
  4. Both U. quelchii clones are currently flowering together for the 1st time. Once I got pics of each & started to look at them, I was surprised at how different they are - both in color & structure. I had not noticed this before. Since differences in lighting / white balance can easily change the perception of color, I also spent time attempting to get one pic with flowers from both clones in it so there was little doubt as to the differences. Since the flowers faced away from the front of the tank (naturally), this was almost impossible... Structurally, the Ilu tepui clone reminds me of of U. campbelliana, for color (for which I am an extremely poor judge), the no-location clone appears closer to U. campbelliana... BCP clone - no location Ilu tepui Both (this is a different stalk of the no-location clone from the one pictured above)
  5. How long do you wait to harvest the seeds? In the past, I've sometimes waited too long ...
  6. Yes - many thanks for sharing! It's good to know that some of these are still around & have not been wiped out.
  7. RL7836

    No roots !

    In 2009, I received two small N. hamata clones. Neither had any roots. As you can see from this thread, everything turned out well. It's probably a good idea to start a dialog with the seller but replacements may not be necessary (at this time) if you can reach an understanding.
  8. My guess would be that Redfern or possibly the BBC created this excellent video (since Stewart is one of the speakers) & someone else got a copy, made a new audio track & added cheap promo on the left.
  9. Not to take anything away from Avery (I love his Utric pics), if you want to waste some time staring at great Nep pics - Paul Barden has an excellent Nep collection & also knows his way around a camera. His thread.
  10. Because they're so easy to propagate via conventional means? I understand that sterile culture has many benefits but once you have one established plant, it is incredibly easy to make many ...
  11. I'm not sure that I would call that a record as healthy U. alpina 'Pittier Moon' & U. humboldtii produce flowers of similar size ...
  12. Stunning pics - thanks so much for posting! Your practice of providing plants in wider habitat shots followed by close-ups is especially effective.
  13. Mason, Given how ubiquitous GPS devices are, is this realistic? If you allow photos, for example, many cameras can tag the pics with location. (This could be the reason a poacher even signs up for the trip). If you don't allow photos, who would want to go?
  14. Fernando, Aren't you due for one of your 'discover-long-lost-species' adventures? The U. buntingiana range within VZ is a lot smaller than the areas you explored in Brazil ....
  15. It is a shame that this little jewel hasn't found it's way into cultivation.