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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.
  16. For what it's worth, I responded to this request over on TF.
  17. You must upload your pics to a photo-hosting site like photobucket or flickr. Then paste the .img url's here
  18. Get any seeds? If so, were they viable?
  19. Thanks for pics - it's not often we see pics from the middle of USA. What is in the bottom right corner of pic #4?
  20. RL7836

    U. alpina

    Wow - that's a seriously robust plant! My clones bloom regularly but I've never had that many flowers / stalks at one time -- congratulations.
  21. Today I snapped a 'spent' stalk of U. nephrophylla x nelumbifolia reniformis However, once I pulled it out, I saw there was still a flower (dang super-long stalks!). Ooooops. Anyway - snapped a pic before tossing. Interestingly, there are some differences from this flower to the earlier ones. The 'eyes' are longer, the spur is longer, the hood is larger & the flower is wider. Other than less color around the 'eyes', I like most of the changes... Edit: Looked in the tank yesterday & found that The stalk originated from a different hybrid pot - U. nephrophylla x reniformis --- oooops. Sorry (that's why there were so many differences with nephro x nelumbi flowers - aaarrrgh!)
  22. Fred, Kulamauiman (Mach) on TF has a degree in entomology iirc - so he may be of some help.
  23. Hopefully, this is placed where it won't get any direct sun. A closed bag in the sun is a recipe for solar-oven-cooked Nep --- I've heard they don't taste too good.
  24. It seems that it has been forever since I first received this plant - but finally I get to see the flowers. Even though I knew what to expect, the reality of their size & amazing color was still shocking. Years passed without a flower & now it sends up many (even the original mother plant has recently decided to send up a stalk) - maybe because this winter was so cold?? Slab & flowers Flowers front Flowers side While taking pics & then pollinating the flowers, I noticed that this flower is quite different from all the other Orchidioides that I've played with: 1) there is almost no hinge (with the other species the hinge is very pronounced), 2) there is a distance between the stigma flap & the anthers & 3) there is a tunnel of sorts in which the stigma flap is parked dead center & even visible from the outside The shiny piece visible in the tunnel is the flap. I had read that this species may be hummingbird pollinated vs insect. While I don't have enough info to know if this is true, the colors and unique adaptations from the other species would certainly suggest the possibility.
  25. Yes - I'd agree. Many people decide to grow U. bisquamata when they start growing utrics. Very few of them are happy with that decision two years later. ..... and the people who trade with them - even less so ...
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