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non asceptic germination

This is a discussion on non asceptic germination within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; The coelogyne pandurata seeds sown in the sterile jars were damaged by contamination but the ...

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    Default non asceptic germination

    The coelogyne pandurata seeds sown in the sterile jars were damaged by contamination but the non asceptic on sphagnum moss had germinated. The mosses were collected from the forest. I did this just to ensure either one/ or both worked for me. In sterile condition mold was the greatest culprit.


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    Wow Robert - very interesting indeed!!!! Wonder if it works with other orchids.

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    Looks amazing !!
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    Wow Robert - very interesting indeed!!!! Wonder if it works with other orchids.
    Yew it should work if you have moss or other substrates like leaf mold etc from the native habitat, better if in direct contact with the roots of the same plant. There are very high chances that the specific symbiotic fungi needed for the germination of the seeds are present in that substrate. This is similar to another thread where there were Rhynchostylis retusa seedlings germinated on the roots of the mother plant itself. This was also practiced during the Victorian era when aseptic orchid culture was just a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Wow Robert - very interesting indeed!!!! Wonder if it works with other orchids.
    i believe so, as Amey have mentioned. I will try out when i have other orchids seeds available.

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    wow,,,,how long does it take for germination?

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    Wow! I have heard of 'semi-natural' symbiotic germination working, but I expected a lower number of seedlings. Seems like pandurata seeds must be quite robust. Not all species will give such high yields. Can you post a pic of your set-up? Is the moss in a jar or in a tray? How do you water/keep them moist?

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    Wonderful! I love seeing the results that are so in tune with mother nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paphioboy View Post
    Wow! I have heard of 'semi-natural' symbiotic germination working, but I expected a lower number of seedlings. Seems like pandurata seeds must be quite robust. Not all species will give such high yields. Can you post a pic of your set-up? Is the moss in a jar or in a tray? How do you water/keep them moist?
    I kept it in a transparent plastic container, the mosses were moist to very dry. Germination was around 3 weeks. water misting very small amount when the media look too dry.


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    Thanks, Robert. Nice, easy setup. Do you keep the container covered or open?

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    I love this thread. Keep us updated.

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