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This is a discussion on Seed Pod Care within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So it looks like I successfully pollinated my Rhy. gigantea -- what now? Any special ...

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    So it looks like I successfully pollinated my Rhy. gigantea -- what now? Any special care for a plant with a developing seed pod? How long does it take to develop? I guess flasking is a ways down the road ...

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    Not sure how long they take, but Google could give you a rough idea, but I would guess many months. As for care, treat like normal and don't repot. The pod will grow quickly to start with and get to full size rapidly. It will sit dormant for some time while it makes seeds inside the pod.
    You should start planning who is to flask it up, and whether they want dry seed or green seed. They will tell you the time span for either.

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    Thanks! I thought I could flask it myself but I guess it needs to be ultra-steril and there's special equipment.

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    Certainly you can Google the gestation period, but that will be, at best, a rough guide. Be very observant, and when you see either end start to yellow the slightest bit, it's time for "green pod" harvest. (Incidentally, orchids have "capsules", not "pods" - another thing for Google - but we all seem to insist on using the latter.)

    I have always thought flasking would be neat, but the more I have thought about it, the more I lean toward folks with the equipment and experience. The costs aren't that great, and you have a much better chance of actually getting something in the end.

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    Supposedly there are some home flasking techniques that do not require any special equipment. Have never tried them myself so can't vouch for their effectiveness. If you really don't care about the cross, I'd say look up said methods and try them out just for fun/to see if you can do it. If it is a cross you are really excited about/want to see come to fruition, then you may want to have it professionally done.

    Recently sent a capsule to a vendor I know who, in turn, is sending it on to the lab that does his. I'll work off part of the expense by helping him at local orchid shows and cover the rest by letting him keep most of the seedlings (assuming everything works out well).


    This site has some estimated times:
    https://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=406

    The catt-encyclia cross I made took around 6 months before I finally saw a hint of yellowing along the capsule ribs. (Still hadn't yellowed at either end at all, but the vendor friend of mine said the yellowing ribs indicated it was harvesting time.)



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