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Old 02-23-2013, 05:01 PM
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Cattlianthe Golden Wax x self (first try at sowing seed)

I have a question about harvesting time for seed.

A little background first. Last December, I decided to try my hand at producing some seed & seeing if I could get it to grow successfully. For my first try, I decided to use my Cattlianthe Golden Wax and do a "self". I had 2 blooms on different leads of the plant, so I pollinated both, in case I messed one up. Pollinated 12-13-2012. I now have 2 fat green pods about 2+ cm in diameter.

Doing a little research online, it seems like the typical time required until seed is ready to sow is about 130-150 days for most Cattleya alliance/art shade types (that is a green pod date per AOS).

My questions:
Does that 130 day (end of April - mid May) date sound about right?
If I decide to do the mature seed/dry pod option, how long should I wait to harvest (days from pollination)?
Which seed sowing approach works best for you - green pod, or dry pod/mature seed?

I most definitely want to try as much of the process as I can at home, rather than using a seed sowing service (better learning experience). Any helpful hints would be appreciated.
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Exasperatus2002 did an amazing thread on a cross he did, you should check it out. Maybe it will help you...

http://www.orchidgeeks.com/forum/orc...p-by-step.html
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Thoughts are that the disinfecting process of green seed pods is quicker, easier, and more reliable for germination.

The risk is that the pod might not be ready.

Just keep an eye on it, and you should see color change nearing the end of its cycle. The pod will most likely (not always) turn brown like it is going to die, and will dry to some extent before opening and spilling seeds everywhere.

You will also notice that when it is ripe, the pod will start to soften up (like a squash ball) when you give it a squeeze. Right now it is probably rock hard.

Pods get to full size very quickly, but take ages to ripen - generally. This depends on weather, which could change that timeframe.
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