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This is a discussion on Blue Petal within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I second what Ray says. That is definitely one that I would want....

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    I second what Ray says. That is definitely one that I would want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    Self that flower! You might end up with a seedling that's all blue.

    Alternately, can a plant be cloned from a petal?
    Nope. No plant at all as far as I know, and certainly no orchid - not with the technology we have now.
    When meristemming was invented ( by a French government scientist trying to get virus free versions of certain varieties of potatoes) and then developed into the system we now know for orchids etc, everyone in the orchid world rushed around saying " we were wrong all along - cuttings should be possible with orchids just like they are with most other plants" and people tried using leaves, flowers, stems, roots, etc. Of course it does work with flower stems - if a node is included, because that has a potential growth eye. It also works with dendrobiums, and say Thunias, where each node includes one - could work that way from Vanda nodes, or phal stem nodes where flower spikes originate ; but petals don 't have growth nodes.
    Btw , you can grow cattleya leaf tissue from any bit of the leaf ; also phal root tissue from any bit of root - I have done both experimentally - but the root you can grow this way can only produce more root, not a complete plant ; I imagine the same would be true of petal tissue - but it would be very difficult to keep alive long enough to even produce more petal tissue I think.

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