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Could someone tell me how long it takes for a seed pod to mature?

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    Default Could someone tell me how long it takes for a seed pod to mature?

    I have reached the milestone in my orchid habbit / addiction that I am just starting to try my hand at seeding and flasking. Tried to pollinate many times now, but all before have resulted in the pod dropping off not to long after the flower, except this one. But even this one now I am begining to think that it is a dud.

    This is a picture of my pod on a Paph Spicerianum that I pollinated with a Paph Stone Addict. I would swear that the pod is getting bigger, but it was pollinated 4 months ago, I know that it is suppost to take a while, but my stars, shouldn't it have fallen off or gotten bigger by now?

    I have never even seen a mature Paph seed pod before, shouldn't it be larger than that?
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    HOWARD,

    Bad news. This pod appears to have died some while back. It appears from the photo that there is fungal growth at its base. If it is viable, ten the seeds will have to be dry-sown. Try opening the pod over some filter paper (coffee filter works). If any seed is there, you will know. Whether the seed is viable is another story.

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    Thanks Brian, I realy do apreciate your help

    The area of color in the picture that is between the stem and the pod is the remaining live part of the sheath, I was curious if the bad coloring in the picture made it look like fungus, or if you were seeing something else.

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    just been looking at a seed pod maturing data base and it loos like the shortest time for green seed is 135 days and the longest is 450 days
    your spicese is listed but there is not days listed for either green or dry seed.

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    Thank you for trying to find the formal data on the species. Since the time I posted this I have succesfully crossed another plant that is already passing this one up in maturing, so it looks like this plant is just realy that slow. It is going along so slowly that I have started a photo journal to see if I can detect the process. It is just now starting to swell at day 164, looks like it realy will take a powerfull long time.
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    This is getting crazy,, I had to redig up this old post because I just had to share this, and curious if there are someone has seen this,, but this pod is now on day 322, and the mother plant is starting to set sheath for this years flowers, and the pod is still there. I have never seen a mature Paph. pod before to know what a fertile one looks like, but I am tempeted to hold faith that this one is fertile only because it it still attached to the mother with a green stem, am I crazy or the plant?, shouldn't it have fattened up or dropped off by now?
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    That pod should be fatter and still be nice and green

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    That the stem leading to it is so completely brown, makes me think its dead. if it were viable, the stem would still be green and healthy.

    Julie

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