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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:45 am 
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In February of this year I pollinated my cymbidium Winter Fire with cymbidium Loch Doon 'Needles and pins'. The pollination appeared to take and a nice, large, fat seed pod formed. Today the pod started to split and so I removed it from the plant and opened it. There may be some viable seeds there among the chaff but it has nowhere near the quantity of seed that I would have liked. Just another 9 months in my life! :lol:

This is the pod on the plant earlier this month.

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This is the pod just showing a crack after 9 months on the plant.


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Here is the open pod

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And a close up showing the 'chaff' and seed inside the pod.


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Why thank you. I have never seen orchid seed before so it is not obvious to me as to whether it is viable or not.
I wish you every success.
PS Excellent photography of such small things.

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When I saw the headline for this post I thought it was a discussion about parents!!!

Sorry the pod didn't produce seeds to your liking but, to me, anyone who can get to this stage is a far better orchid grower than I will ever be!!

Thanks for the interesting pics.

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Good try Terry, tough one. Which parent would you put that down to?
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Oh wait what?
I seen orchid seeds in books but no way I would think that is a seed! Hopefully it will grow for you.



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Good try Terry, tough one. Which parent would you put that down to?
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Alec if there is a problem then it will be with the Loch Doon as this has not produce any offspring as a pollent parent. Winter Fire on the other hand has produced many offspring acting as the seed parent.

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Don't give up hope, that looks just like the seed in my Pleione pods and a good 50% of the pods will germinate, even if it is just a few babies at the end of the day.

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Don't give up hope, that looks just like the seed in my Pleione pods and a good 50% of the pods will germinate, even if it is just a few babies at the end of the day.

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I won't give up on it Steve I was just hoping for more seed than I have as I will need it in a couple of months to give a seed sowing demo. It's good to know that some of your seed is similar though.

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