Orchids forum: Nun's Cap Orchid Propagation?

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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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May 6, 2018 1:56 PM CST
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This is our first Nun's cap. I was told that after the last flower blooms that we can cut the stem and lay it in moist soil. Do I cut between the nodes? How far can I cut the stem / all the way to the soil?

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 6, 2018 7:05 PM CST
It really does work. I have never used sand but have been successful with Sphagnum moss (make sure its New Zealand moss - not all moss is created equally).

I use plastic bakery trays that comes with a top and a bottom. Cut holes in the top for air. Layer some perlite, sand or aquarium gravel in the bottom and put well hydrated moss on top. Lay the stem (the hole stem unless its too long) on the moss and press it down. Keep the moss wet - the perlite/gravel will act as a reservoir. Put the lid on. Bottom heat helps. It will take weeks - months to see the first sign of life. Keep it watered - the heat mat will make it dry pretty fast, even with a lid. If you see signs of mold/fungus, use cinnamon.

When the plantlets have a good bunch of roots, you can cut the plantlets apart and pot them separately.

Keep us posted!
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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Plumerias Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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PlantMania
May 7, 2018 11:47 AM CST
@DaisyI ,

Thanks for the info.

" (the hole stem unless its too long)"
At 3.5 Feet long, I may have to cut the stem several times Smiling Smiling

Would I cut between the areas where a leaf would form, or at that connection?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 7, 2018 2:12 PM CST
What? You don't have a pastry pan that's 5 ft long? Smiling I never had a stem quite that long - you must be making that plant very happy. Cut between the nodes. Leave them as long as you can though.
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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Plumerias Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Garden Ideas: Level 1 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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PlantMania
May 7, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Will do Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!

Thanks again
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