With that said, I recently purchased two hobby flasks and intend to invest some time in growing the plants to flowering size, with the goal of selling them at one of the orchid society meetings sometime in the future.
After receiving the flask I removed them from the vessel and removed the agar while also separating the plants by rinsing them under tepid water in the sink. I was fortunate in that the plants separated easily without breaking off any of the fragile roots. In the flask that I received there were about thirty plants, so the cost per plant was slightly over a dollar.
The variation in the size of the plants in the flask was a surprise.
At some point, I want to hybridize orchids, so I am attempting to germinate Phalaenopsis seeds. I have already cross-pollinated a few flowers but while the seed pods mature I am trying to germinate some seeds I purchased on eBay.
It is a matter of finding a procedure that works best for you and your conditions.