I have had good luck with compots. I have two that I got in 2011 that I have divided and have not lost a single seedling. What I have here is a secondary compot I made from barely visible seedlings buried in the original compot. They may not look like much in the picture but they are MUCH larger than they were when I potted them.
Laelia purpurata grows in Brazil and needs a dry winter rest. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing and needs bright light. It can bloom any time from late spring into fall. This nice cross between two outstanding cultivars L. purpurata ardosia 'Equilab' x 'Schusteriana' should produce a lovely range of color types.
On the other side of the coin, I have tried my hand at flasks and am 0 for 2. In my defense they were both Laelia anceps, which have a reputation for being hard to get to that first pseudobulb. Still, I hate to think I took such poor care of them that every single seedling died. I will try again this year but I need your help in the selection. What is an easy species or hybrid to get started?