Hey, congrats...sounds like an exciting find! I've no clue about times, but this might help:
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This is a discussion on Den. Chao Praya Sweet within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Hello, everybody! I was out today and checking out the local nursery (they don't take ...
Hello, everybody! I was out today and checking out the local nursery (they don't take the best care of their orchids) but I have found a few jewels there. Today I found a plant needing to be re potted badly, but she had a little surprise on it.
Now if it survives the changes, I would love to flask it! But they had no idea when they got it or how long the pod has been there. I need some advice, how old do you think the pod is? And how long until I need to flask it?
Harvesting time is ideally just a couiple of weeks before it splits naturally, which is no help to you at all I'm afraid. Even if you know how long the pod has been on, it still doesn't help - e.g. it used to take 9-10 months for Paph rothschildianum crosses to be ready to harvest in my greenhouse, and a friend in North Thailand reckoned 5 months....
Thanks for the suggestions, from comparing pictures it looks like it has a few more months to go. I will just keep comparing it until I feel it is time, I guess. Will let you know how things go.
Maybe you need another2- 3 months at any point you see the color changes to light yellow quickly send for sowing.
Of course you should remember that most professinals use green pod sowing - they don't wait until pods turn yellow. But the seed has to be at a certain stage before it becomes viable.
All very difficult !
A friend of mine who breeds phalaenopsis told me that his success rate climbed from a very low percentage to a quite good one over several years, and he didn't really know what he was doing different as time went on - just the benefit of experience I suppose.