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Orchid Seed Pod


Came out after running this morning to an open (partially) seed pod! In this video, I open it up all the way and you can see the MILLIONS of seeds contained within. How ever, orchids seeds are naked and created without their own nutrition or defense mechanism. They are meant to blow around the forest until landing by chance on a surface, usually a tree trunk or branch, that already has the proper fungus that will support and protect the growth of the seed into a plant. Most orchids for sale are propagated in sterile settings using flasks and nutrient mixes. Unfortunately, I completely waste these millions of seeds by sprinkling them all over the mother plant, hoping by some small chance she has kept a supply of that particular fungus nearby. I WAS gonna join the local orchid society this past spring so they could help me find a place to flask them, but my antisocial nature kept me away. Maybe next time 👻 Thanks for reading. #plants #orchids #botany #fungus #nature #seeds #pollination #flasking

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  1. Here in Southern California I have a tree with lots of orchids attached to it. I sowed a bunch of different orchid seeds on the tree and the seeds of Laelia anceps germinated. Evidently the fungus they need is on my tree.

    Reed-stem Epidendrums actually have the nutrients they need to germinate. They aren’t the most exciting orchids though. But they can be crossed with some non-reed orchids. I’m trying to figure out whether the crosses can also easily grow from seed.

    1. That is so cool you got germination on your tree! Also about the reed stem Epidendrum. I have a couple of plants now, and I’ll probably be sticking toothpicks in the next bloom to mess with pollination!

      The seed pod in the above video was pollinated by flies hehhehehe

      1. Embrace your inner hummingbird! When I pollinate my reed-stems I use the spines from my Pygmy Date Palm. It has so many spines. They are pretty smooth though so maybe a toothpick would work better.

        Reed-stems are actually pretty challenging to pollinate. The anther cap is so small, and so is the pollen. Plus, you can’t see the stigma. You just have to sort of guess where it is.

        In skiing terms, reed-stems are the equivalent of a black diamond. A large Cattleya flower is the equivalent of the bunny slopes.

        But it sure is great not having to worry about flasking the seeds! Plus, for the seeds of regular plants you have to sit there watching them wondering if and when they’ll germinate. But with reed seeds, when you harvest them you can sometimes see the tiny green embryos. After a night of soaking they get a little bit bigger. Then each day after you sow them you can watch them slowly get bigger and bigger until a leaf emerges, and then another, and then some roots. It takes a little while but it’s really nice being able to see steady progress.

        I’m really hoping that the crosses between reeds and non-reeds can also easily grow from seed. If you’re interested, I put together a gallery of such crosses on Flickr…

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