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Dendrobium Seed Pod?

This is a discussion on Dendrobium Seed Pod? within the Dendrobium Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I have a dendrobium that appears to have generated a seed pod.. I had a ...

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    Question Dendrobium Seed Pod?

    I have a dendrobium that appears to have generated a seed pod.. I had a spike with lots of blooms on it, and one of them got a bulbous pod at the base of it. The flower has withered and is still attached to the pod. All of the other blooms have dropped. Can anyone point me to information on what I should do with the pod? Thanks.

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    Hi, Kelly, welcome to RVO-Orchidtalk!! What to do with the pod? Many would recommend cutting if off. It will take from 6 to 8 months for the pod to mature. Having only seen pictures of the seeds inside the pod, I am letting one grow on a paphiopedilum of mine just to see what it looks like. There are breeder/growers that will flask and germinate seed pods for a fee. Pods on orchids from grocery store purchases are usually not worth it.

    Raising an orchid from seed - no easy feat!! It takes a large investment in time and effort to grow an orchid from seed. The seeds of orchids are not like the seeds of most other plants in that they require a sterile environment to germinate. It will be anywhere from 3 to 5 years from the time you get the seed to germinate before you will see a resulting blooming plant. If an insect has come along and pollinated your plant, it could be crossed with the pollen of another orchid you do not want to grow. You may not want to spend all those years growing something that is not of good quality.

    That being said here is article that will get you started:

    DIY - Guide to orchid propagation - Orchid Article Library

    Please post pictures and enjoy the forum! Joe

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    the way i see it is i'm probably still gonna be growing orchids for the next three to five years so what the heck, eh... i have sort of an experimental nature tho, and i strangely like the idea of growing things from seed. i agree that its probably not worth it to send out noid seeds to a professional lab, but i've been going through trial runs of the diy flasking and its not so hard, plus thats half the experiment...
    i see your point of view tho joeW, my mom says pretty much the same thing. she just shakes her head and tries to ignore my little corner plant stand tho and we get along fine...

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    Hi GB and Kelly. I didn't mean to be negative (or parental! LOL). I was trying to give an even all around answer. Korxi's article is very upbeat and looks do-able too. I am enjoying watching my grocery store bought Phaph's pod created by who knows what crossed by who knows what. The plant is not suffering and experts here on the forum report orchids still blooming even with a pod. Best regards, Joe

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    Hi! Thanks very much for the replies. I might just watch this pod for a while so I can decide how experimental I want to get! Thanks for the article - it did a great job explaining what I might be getting myself into! Thanks.

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    I agree with the above...unless you really love waiting for grass to grow, I would not try to grow orchids from seed, as its a very frustrating process unless you have the perfect set-up and are completely dedicated to it. If you'd rather your plant bloom again in a few months, cut back that spike and let it rest

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    Thanks for that advice. I'll probably go that route - more into the quick payoff than the multi-year experiment! Thanks.

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    I would give it a shot, it is a good to experiment , maybe some day you will do a cross this would give you some experience, be it bad (mold) or good .
    I did a cross awhile back Phal. equestris X storbartiana and flasked the seeds in the kitchen they are out of flask now and growing well . Gin

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