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    Is there any way to propogate your orchids? I have two that are in bloom... One is old, the other just opened some flowers, if age matters for stigmas/anthers... Is there an asexual way They're both phals...

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    Ok I'll answer your questions as best I can. The age of the flowers shouldn't matter that much unless they're starting to shrivel. Do you know how to transfer the pollinia? For your next question the answer is yes. You can buy a special paste that you put on the nodes of the flower stem. This causes
    them to make offshoots or keikis.

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    Ok... Lets go the pollen route...

    How do u do this

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    Umm, I really don't think you're going to be able to use the pollen. People who do go the "pollen route" either send out the fertilized capsules to specialized labs or basically have a lab of their own. Successful germination and growth require special media, a high degree of sterilization, and good luck.

    I started to read up on it at one time and quit after a page or two - as soon as I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to devote the time and money to create the needed setup.

    But, if you want to give it try:

    http://www.phytotechlab.com/ (for supplies)
    or http://www.monsoonflora.com (for capsule service)
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    Oh, well... I guess I wont do it then if its that hard... I just wanted to create more plants...

    How do I create the capsules though, just out of curiosity...

    Thanks loads!!!

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    Transferring the pollina is the same type of toothpick technique you would use on CPs. The ovary in a lot of orchids is the last bit of "stem" below the flower. When pollination is successful, the ovary swells into an (American) football-shaped capsule.

    One nice thing about orchids is that the pollen is encapsulated in a jelly so that there are no loose pollen grains - and those of us with pollen allergies aren't affected.

    Incidently, orchid seeds are tiny - a black dust. You've seen 'em - the black specks in Vanilla ice cream.
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    So... It's a phal, so there is the runway with two wiskers, the pedestal, then the thing that i assume contains the pollen... Is that those two little yellow things i can see thru the thing that juts out over the runway How do I get those capsules out? Is the pedestal the anther?

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    hmmm. Understand that I've never actually done this - for the reasons I've mentioned above, I never tried to get seed - but...

    The tubular structure in the middle of the flower is called the column. The column contains both sets of sex organs. The yellow blobs that you see are probably the pollen. The pistil has to be exposed - the surface tissue of the column can be peeled away or sliced off, depending on individual flower structure - and the pollen blobs transferred with a toothpick.

    I know that's pretty general, but like I said, I've never actually tried it. It does sound like you can destroy a lot of flowers until you get the hang of it, though.
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