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Can a seed pod develop and not be fertile

This is a discussion on Can a seed pod develop and not be fertile within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I pollinated some of my orchids about one month ago. They are looking great and ...

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    Default Can a seed pod develop and not be fertile

    I pollinated some of my orchids about one month ago. They are looking great and developing quickly. I'm not sure if pods somtimes develop but inside may be no seeds or sterile seeds.
    I want to know because I'm new to orchid germination and if it dosn't work, I'll know that infertility could be a factor.

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    All sorts of things can happen. Capsules can abort for no apparent reason. Capsules can develop and look fine, but then no seed inside. There can also be seed inside that doesn't germinate well. Seed can germinate, but then there can be a lot of loss as the babies are being grown. There are no guarantees and it is often not possible to tell before hand, but that's what makes it extra special when things work out .

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    So I thought. Thanks, guess I'll see what happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzy View Post
    So I thought. Thanks, guess I'll see what happens!

    Good luck to you!!

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