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After 5 years of growing Cypripedium reginae I have finally got a seed pod on one of my plants, not my doing, I have to admit, I like to let nature do it's own work where these plants are concerned :lol:

I have already contacted someone for advice and to find out if they will do the hard work of seed viability checking, plating and so forth.
If they are viable seeds then I only have about 3 years to wiat to get some viable plants out of it :D

The seed pod is still growing at the moment but is filling out and about as long as my thumb.
I'm not going to count seedlings untill they are grown, but I am pleased to have even got it this far 8-)

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Well I for one hope that all goes well and you get viable seed from the pod. Fingers crossed :thumbup:

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Fingers, eyes and anything else I can think of.
I have just got to wait for the pod to start to turn brown and I can post it off. Then the long wait will start :lol:
*If* they are viable I will be a very happy person :D

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Well I sent that seed pod off in early August and have been waiting for news on the viability of the seeds .... I got an email this morning.

I have just been told that I have Protocorms growing :dance:

Well thats the first stage anyway, now the long wait realy begins

With many thanks to Orchid Alchemy! 8-)

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Great. It seems like Andrew is a very capable midwife!


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Wll it was July 14th 2011 when I mentioned I had a seed pod on my Cyp .... now I have some of the seedlings :D Well done to Andrew and all credit to him for getting them to this stage. :bow-yellow:
All I have to do now is make them grow into viable plants :laughing-rolling:


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then I only have about 3 years to wiat to get some viable plants out of it :D


I had a phone call from my lab telling me they had a flask of Cym goeringii for me. They sowed the seed SEVEN years ago. :character-oldtimer: :D

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Wow, congratulations!

Does this mean Orchid Alchemy will soon be selling Cypripediums or did you keep them all yourself? (No outside space so won't be getting any unfortunately!)


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Nope, I didn't keep them all myself and yes Orchid Alchemy will soon be selling Cyp's :D

Brian I hope they don't grow that slowly for you once they are out of the flask, but I know Cym goeringii can be very slow at everything :roll:

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Katherine those plants look so wierd compared to what I am used to. Good luck in getting them to grow on.

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Katherine those plants look so wierd compared to what I am used to. Good luck in getting them to grow on.


Tell me about it Terry :roll: only 2 roots normaly and the 'nose' is just a small green point, yet they are now viable for pot growth! even ones that are flowering size don't have as much of a root ball as you would think.
Anyway they are in the cold frame now and will be over-wintered in there ready for spring growth. :D

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Hi Tanis
My congratulations! How are they doing? I have bought one in May or April ( not sure) and it dried up a bit. I have been told it is normal because of the worm temperature . Is it true? I wonder how the young plants are doing after hot summer.

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Good luck Tanis.

They are not the easiest from seedlings, or they wasn't for me!

I haven't had success with one :oops: I purchased a few batches off Ebay, they ALL failed in the end.

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I think I have been very lucky as nearly all of those plants put up small green leaves for me. They are in the cold frame at this very moment and it will be this spring (2014) wihen I expect to know what I have left from all those seedlings I planted. with luck I will have at least couple show some green.

@ Pisakis,
I kept the seedlings in slightly damp conditons to stop them drying out and they were never in direct sunlight, they were protected from the elements and in the open cold frame so they got warmth without the breeze/wind over the compost that would dry them out too quickly. Hope this helps

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I think I have been very lucky as nearly all of those plants put up small green leaves for me. They are in the cold frame at this very moment and it will be this spring (2014) wihen I expect to know what I have left from all those seedlings I planted. with luck I will have at least couple show some green.

@ Pisakis,
I kept the seedlings in slightly damp conditons to stop them drying out and they were never in direct sunlight, they were protected from the elements and in the open cold frame so they got warmth without the breeze/wind over the compost that would dry them out too quickly. Hope this helps


I hope they continue to come up trumps for you!
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