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Orchid seed orchid seeds orchid seed germination asymbiotic orchid seed germination

Orchid seed orchid seeds orchid seed germination asymbiotic orchid seed germination

Hi Nadine!

Nadine Vreeland

 

The Orchid Seedbank Project
PO Box 7042
Chandler, AZ 85246

supplies
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The ideal marking pen for flasking

While other pens fade under fluorescent lights, or come off with bleach of alcohol, these pens produce permanent marks with paint instead of dyes. These are absolutely the best thing going for flasking, and last a  long time- we have some over two years old that still work. Writes on glass, metal, and plastic. Two tips- one large, one fine. US$3 each.
pen

 


Tweeeeeeeeeezers

Can’t reach the bottom of that jar? We’ll fix that! Extra-long tweezers, 12”, stainless steel and brand new. Back in stock! US$12 each.

Note: For the professional, we also stock used V. Mueller long dressing forceps; please contact us for pricing and availability. Once you use these forceps, you’ll never go back!
tweeeeze  tweeeeeze


Stainless steel replate forks

Stainless steel microspatulas, about 7" long. May be autoclaved innumerable times. These are the perfect tools for sowing, replating, and manipulating seedlings in flask. Wrap in aluminum foil, and autoclave in  bundles. US$5 each.

New! Longer replate forks now available. Professionally welded, designed to take repeated quenching from your bead box to alcohol. Ugly, but they work! The best for moving those seedlings in deep flasks or quart jars.

Standard 7”

Pro series welded 10”

Pro series welded 12”


Autoclavable wash bottles

Back in stock!

We sell the autoclavable wash bottles; these are used for many things in orchid seed germination; we recommend filtration techniques for sowing of seed, and these fit the bill perfectly. 500 mL squeeze bottles;  tip may be trimmed back to provide heavier spray. Do not confuse these with ordinary polyethylene squeeze bottles that will melt when autoclaved. $16 each.

 


Filter funnels

Along with the squeeze bottles are filter funnels. These are the Whatman brand that can normally only be sold by the hundred. Filter papers for these are 1" diameter; we recommend Whatman #4.  Funnels are fit with the paper, then wrapped in foil and autoclaved. Seed is disinfected, and the filter is used to separate the seed from the disinfectant. The seed is then washed (see wash bottles , above), and the paper removed with sterile forceps to be placed in flask. Alternatively, the seed may be scraped from the filter paper with a replate fork. One other technique uses an additional squirt of sterile water to suspend the seed, which is then poured into the flask for sowing. These funnels may be autoclaved repeatedly. Used with filter papers (next item). US$5.50 each.

Back in stock!

 


Filter papers

Filter papers are used to refill the filter funnels (as above). Sold 100 at a time, these are the Whatman #4 rounds, 1” diameter. They are well-suited to all sizes of orchid seeds, and are  fast-draining. US$8.50 per box 100.

Back in stock!

 


Test tubes

We have 7 mL “Vacutainer” test tubes. These are ideal for seed disinfection. Stoppers survive autoclaving, and the tubes are great. We sell them in groups of 15, 7 mL tubes ($4).
We  have bundles of other tubes with and without stoppers. Inquire. tubes

15 x 7 mL

 


Band-aid filters

These are the same sterile vents that we use here. They’re tough to get, so we sell them by the box of 40. Pierce metal lids to provide a 1-3mm diameter hole, then cover with one of these  band-aids. May be autoclaved repeatedly. Some of the vents we’ve been using are over 5 years old, and others have been autoclaved multiple times with no signs of embrittlement or failure. Beats the pants off  of cotton plugs! US$4 per box of 40.

DISCONTINUED BY MANUFACTURER- we’re working on finding a replacement.
 


Scalpel blades

#10 These are “big belly” blades that are excellent for opening medium to large capsules. Handles listed below. Pre-packaged, sterile, individually wrapped. $3 per 10.
scalpel1002

 

#11 These are as sharp as they come. These blades are best for the smallest of capsules. Handles listed below. Pre-packaged, sterile, individually wrapped. $3 per 10
scalpel1102

 

#15 These are small blades that are excellent for opening thinner capsules like many paphs. Handles listed below. Pre-packaged, sterile, individually wrapped. $3 per 10.
scalpel15

 

#20 These blades are best for the large capsules. Handles listed below. Pre-packaged, sterile, individually wrapped. $3 per 10.
scalpel2002

 

#22 No picture. Just another blade. $3 per 10.

#23 These blades are great for big, tough capsules- cyrtopodiums, cymbidiums, that sort of thing. Handles listed below. Pre-packaged, sterile, individually wrapped. $3 per 10.
scalpel2302

 

#24 No picture. Just another blade. $3 per 10.


Scalpel handles

Stainless handles to accept the blades listed above. $6 each.

No. 3 scalpel handle, for small blades (#10, #11, and #15)

 

No. 4 scalpel handle, for larger blades (#20, #22, and #23)