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  • Cross Pollination using Phal aphrodite

    Cross Pollination of a Phalaneopsis orchid is quite easy. To make a self pollination or cross pollination what I need to to I will choose the most interesting / beautiful flower I will take as a parent and the other one as a mother that is genetically compatible regardless hybrid or species. Here we go, here I'm using Phal aphrodite I will do self pollination.

    Step 1
    Using a toothpick/whatever you have make sure is cleaned, remove anther from the flower selected as the parent. you can remove the labellum (lip) for easy to insert polinium later.

    Step 2
    Separate anther from the column.

    Step 3
    Separate the pollinia from the anther gently do it otherwise it will drop to the ground

    Step 4
    Pick up a pollinium than put into the sticky fluid of the stigma until half buried. Now the pollination is complete. You need to wait if the pollination successful the ovary will turn green and swollen in Malaysia maturity of Phal about 4 to 7 months if you want to do green seed pod culture 4 months is more than enough (to save time). Each mother flask can produce more than thousand of tiny young seedling.I hope this may help you to do crossing. Good luck seet

    Zainal Abidin

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Yung ho hybrids started by zainal abidin View original post
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