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My phal is preggers! Help!

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    Good luck, Jenn!

    It's amazing how these things ever exist in nature with the number of obstacles and stipulations in order to germinate...and yet they're the most common and extensive family of flowering plants on Earth. Something just doesn't add up.

    o_O

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Good luck, Jenn!

    It's amazing how these things ever exist in nature with the number of obstacles and stipulations in order to germinate...and yet they're the most common and extensive family of flowering plants on Earth. Something just doesn't add up.

    o_O
    I know! I think orchids are the only plants that produce seed that contains no energy reserves of its own...they are completely useless without the necessary fungi and nourishment found only in nature. So they take the "bulk" approach, scattering their seeds everywhere, hoping some will land in an environment that contains the correct nourishment for it them to thrive. It's a miracle they make it at all, and it also explains why so many are dying out slowly as deforestation decimates the plants' natural habitats.

    My husband's reaction to how they spread their seed was, "Well that seems like a completely stupid and unreliable way to procreate. Dumb plants!" Of course, he has no appreciation for the subtleties that leave us "orchid people" awestruck. Orchids' procreation method totally impresses me! I'm like...oh, yeah...you GO you crazy plants! Do your thing! To me, orchids are, quite simply, miracles of nature.

    And if I can recreate that in my home, I'll feel like I've taken part in some small miracle too! Thanks for the encouragement!

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