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Eight years from seed to a budding plant.

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Excellent Job Kenneth, I've never grown Orchids from seed, only alliums and a few trees. I know the wonderful feeling that brings- to raise an orchid from seed as Yourself, Terry and many others have, really amazes me!

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Excellent Job Kenneth, I've never grown Orchids from seed, only alliums and a few trees. I know the wonderful feeling that brings- to raise an orchid from seed as Yourself, Terry and many others have, really amazes me!



The students who were involved and long moved on, but I did send them photos. Moving them from one location to another and set back's in growing conditions caused them to be late in blooming.

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Closer to opening...........


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People are often amazed at how long it takes from seed to flower with orchids. Were these grown in vitro or just direct into soil?

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People are often amazed at how long it takes from seed to flower with orchids. Were these grown in vitro or just direct into soil?



Started in Knudson (Modified, Ardditti 1982) one of my favorite formulas.

And it does, a few orchids can go from seed to flower in three years some can go as long as twelve years to fifteen years. If more people realized just how long it takes in vitro to grow a orchid from seed to a flowering plant, many people have more respect for orchid habitat's and their protection. Many commercial growers don't like vanda's because it is at least seven years of effort, before they will flower.

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Finally a flower................. I arrived at the green house early and had high hopes of it opening. The first photo shows how much it was open when I got there.
I was able to sit and watch it slowly open, with no distractions at all, it was fantastic.

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It looks like you have Bletilla ochracea, which I think is so much nicer than striata to be honest.



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It should be open fully today, then I can tell more, most are a deep to light pink, and a rare white, so we shall see. When you get seed donation many times they can be wrongly named, and you find out after much time and effort has be invested.

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blondie wrote:
It looks like you have Bletilla ochracea, which I think is so much nicer than striata to be honest.


You are correct blondie.......

The seeds when we received them were marked as Bletilla striata. I started looking through all of our Chinese orchids books and none of them shown any Bletilla ochracea. I went on line and had now trouble finding photos and information about them.

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Bletilla ochracea
黄花白及 huang hua bai ji

known as Chinese ground orchid and Chinese Butterfly orchid, is a species of orchid native to Vietnam
and China (Gansu, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan).

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Yes not a well know plant to grow which I think is a massive shame as striata I think is very boreing, I only know of then species as whe I was working for the RHS and helping out on the judging committee, there was a hybrid up for award with this in is parentage.



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Yes not a well know plant to grow which I think is a massive shame as striata I think is very boreing, I only know of then species as whe I was working for the RHS and helping out on the judging committee, there was a hybrid up for award with this in is parentage.


It is strange how many orchids are not published in books. Seem like it is mostly only popular ones that get published. A student showed me a book that cover a area around the China and Russia border that showed seven orchids as native and not in my other books of the same area. So now I am looking to buy this book and add this book to our library.

The hybrid must have been interesting.

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