Orchids forum: Growing Orchids from seeds

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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 13, 2015 7:53 AM CST
I have a lot of seedpods on my Dendrobium and they are ready to be harvested for propagation. However, after reading a lot of articles and the process of growing them, i decided to just let it go 😊

I don't gave the patience and the energy it takes to grow my very ordinary no ID Dendrobium orchids seedpods into seedlings. Very interesting though! One article stated that there are nurseries that will grow your seeds for a fee but I could not find a listing.

I found this article though that is interesting to read.
http://www.timespub.tc/2013/06/bragging-rights/
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 13, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Alice @ardesia, are you the one who teaches students to grow from seeds. This could be an interesting fun project for your students.
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Name: Ursula
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Dec 13, 2015 8:34 AM CST

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Hmm, not unless one can set up a sterile lab for this project.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 13, 2015 8:38 AM CST
True. Just the thought of pressure cooking anything makes me cringe. I haven't pressure cooked anything in my life.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 13, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Aw Gigi, thanks for thinking of me but pressure cooking and total sterility do not fit here either. I am a mess. Shrug!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Dec 13, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Yep, that's why I never even considered growing orchids from seeds. No training (I could easy read how), no equipment, no total climate control, and no way to have a sterile environment.
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 14, 2015 1:47 PM CST
I agree I will put sphagnum moss and spread the seeds on the base of the orchids in spring just to give it a chance. See if our local environment wil be kind with it or not.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 14, 2015 2:21 PM CST
Good idea, should be interesting to see what happens.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 15, 2015 5:06 PM CST
I think that's a great idea, Gigi. Give them a chance, but don't stress about it. If our winter weather keeps going the way it is, they might indeed germinate and grow for you.

After all, orchids do indeed grow from seed in nature, without all the pressure cooking and sterile conditions and flasks etc. That's why they make so very many seeds, because most likely only a few ever make it to maturity.

Those "man made" conditions are what commercial growers use to ensure a high rate of germination and survival. But, well you really don't need several thousand more tiny Dendrobiums, do you?
Elaine

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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 15, 2015 9:53 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing probably not Elaine
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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Dec 16, 2015 12:55 PM CST
Hi '
you can grow Catasetums, Brassavola, even cattleya from seeds by scattering, provided conditions are replicated.
I have Catasetums hybrid seeds ,Brassavola, growing in our shade house even though it is in a bad state, along with laelia
rubrascence white and pale pink.
One of our orchid grower has grown seeds on sphagnum moss. I would do the photographs of those plants and upload them.
Note: please note this method of dispersing seeds in nature is not a substitute for doing flasking in sterile conditions.
Prabhi S
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Dec 16, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Phrabhi,good to know! Would love to see pics of what it looks like. Hurray!
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