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Letting "Mother Nature" pollinate the orchids

This is a discussion on Letting "Mother Nature" pollinate the orchids within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; The Phal . I pollinated. Close-up of the collumn. (?) It looks so swollen! Side ...

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    Default Help, First time breeder. Is it a seed pod???


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    The Phal. I pollinated.
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    Close-up of the collumn. (?)
    It looks so swollen!
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    Side view.
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    Another side view.

    A few week ago I used the toothpick method demonstrated here on the forum to pollinate this orchid. I think it worked???
    Can someone please tell me if this is a seed pod???

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    Yes, seed pod is developing. That phal is pregnant.

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    Yes, it looks like the beginning of a seed pod.

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    Yes, it sure is, but in this early stage of development, you have to take good care, avoid exposure to very bright light and too much heat, this may cause termination of the fruit. Keep the plant evenly moist.

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    So excited and nervous!
    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Yes, it sure is, but in this early stage of development, you have to take good care, avoid exposure to very bright light and too much heat, this may cause termination of the fruit. Keep the plant evenly moist.
    Should I move it from its normal spot at my window sill??
    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Yes, seed pod is developing. That phal is pregnant.

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    Do I still fertilize weakly weekly??? It has 2 spikes, the one the pod is on, and one that is all still buds. Do I keep both spikes or should I clip one off so it can concentrate on the pod???
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    Talking New pics of seed pod

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    Sorry a little hazy, but wanted to update the photos!
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    The seed pod it about 2 inches long now!

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    All the pedals around it lost their color but are still hanging on even though they are dry and really thin.

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    Picture of the other spike on the mother orchid! Still putting out buds like crazy!
    Was wondering if I should cut off the other spike so all of its energy could go to the pod?
    and Do I still fertilize weakly weekly???

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