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Why our Flasking Program is Different
 
 
Conservation is our key concern, so we do things differently than most seed labs.

Big Differences:

We don't charge you to get a flask from seed that you have provided with parent photos.

We only make up as many flasks as people have reserved in advance.

We usually charge the same amount for each flask, regardless of its rarity.

 

We don't charge you to get a flask from seed that you have provided with parent photos.
We want your species seed in order to make that species available to as many people as possible. We are not certain that providing lab-grown orchid species at a low cost will discourage the taking of wild orchids from their natural habitats, but it probably will help, and it's something we can do. Perhaps having lots of greenhouse-grown orchids around the world, grown from seed for greatest genetic diversity and not just cloned, may someday aid in restoration of plants to their native habitats.
To entice you to give us the seed, we will give you the first reflask of the batch. We only do this if you provide a good photo of the parent plant(s) and sufficient information, and enough seed to make at least four flasks. The photo is very important because we also need to entice people to be interested in the plants, and just another name on a list really doesn't do that. A photo can really pique the interest in a person who may never even have heard of the species. The information is needed because we are doing research and every detail collected is important.

 

We only make up as many flasks as people have reserved in advance.
When it is time to make up reflasks, instead of making as many as we can, or as many as we think we might sell, we make just the quantity that have been reserved plus just a few extra as insurance against problems. This is why we place the details of a pollination attempt on the web site as soon as it is done so that notification requests can be accepted... we need to start gathering interest early so that when reflasking time comes we will already know who wants how many. The number of flasks replated depends entirely on the number of flasks reserved. Therefore if you are interested in a certain orchid you must reserve a flask as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
By doing this, we conserve our effort, space, materials, and time with the goal of getting orchid species to those who want them, and doing it inexpensively.

 

We usually charge the same amount for each flask, regardless of its rarity.
Rare orchids or particularly nice specimens usually command a higher price, but unless there are difficulties growing a species we don't charge more; we will charge more if propagation requires extra time or materials, but not just because it's desirable. By not charging a lot for something rare, we can rest easy knowing that we're not helping to perpetuate the high prices that make collection of wild endangered orchids profitable.

 
 

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