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Old 06-13-2014, 10:34 PM
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HELP!! Do I have seed pods forming??

This is my Prosthechea vitellina (formerly Encyclia vitellina). It's growing near a blooming Osmoglossom pulchellum and a hybrid NoID onc, so if these are seed pods, it's probably been selfed by bees.

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Are these future seed pods?

If so, how long before I remove them and send them out for flasking?

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Old 06-14-2014, 09:06 AM
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Technically, those are the beginnings of capsules, not pods (although we insist on calling it "green pod" culturing - probably because it rolls off the tongue better).

I don't know the typical gestation period for that species (it will vary with the growing conditions and overall vigor of the plant anyway), but it's easy to know when to harvest:

Keep a close eye on their development. They will be green for quite a while as they swell, and then will seemingly do nothing. For "green pod" culturing, when you see either end of the capsule start to yellow -an indication of the dehiscing process beginning - that's when to remove them and get them to the lab.

As this is a beautiful species, you might consider donating the capsules to the Troy Meyers Conservancy. They will flask them for free, give you some seedlings back and share them with others (for a fee, so they continue to offer this wonderful service). Excess seed is donated to the Orchid Seedbank Project. Troy prefers dry-seed culture, and he has instructions about that, as well.
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Technically, those are the beginnings of capsules, not pods (although we insist on calling it "green pod" culturing - probably because it rolls off the tongue better).

I don't know the typical gestation period for that species (it will vary with the growing conditions and overall vigor of the plant anyway), but it's easy to know when to harvest:

Keep a close eye on their development. They will be green for quite a while as they swell, and then will seemingly do nothing. For "green pod" culturing, when you see either end of the capsule start to yellow -an indication of the dehiscing process beginning - that's when to remove them and get them to the lab.

As this is a beautiful species, you might consider donating the capsules to the Troy Meyers Conservancy. They will flask them for free, give you some seedlings back and share them with others (for a fee, so they continue to offer this wonderful service). Excess seed is donated to the Orchid Seedbank Project. Troy prefers dry-seed culture, and he has instructions about that, as well.
Thank you, Ray!

If these were capsules and they did mature, I was planning to use Troy Meyers and donate most of the results to him. I may have lots of seed, and I think this is an exceptionally pretty example of an unusually lovely species. Probably not a prize winner, but I thought the color was really nice. Here's a photo of the flowers:



Thank you again for the information and help!
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Such a pretty orchid! I hope you get lots of viable seeds. How exciting!
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Such a pretty orchid! I hope you get lots of viable seeds. How exciting!
I was so excited when I found out this one prefers cooler temperatures - it seems most encyclias or prosthecheas like it a bit warmer than I grow (though I do have a few encyclias that can tolerate extremes). I think I may even have another spike starting on this plant. When I bought it, I had no idea I'd be getting so much bang for my buck!
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It really is a stunning display. Is there any chance that a different orchid in your greenhouse might have pollinated it? You have so many plants in flower, it seems there's a slim chance you could end up with some happy Frankenstein seedlings. It's like an adventure! ... a several-years-long adventure, lol.
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It really is a stunning display. Is there any chance that a different orchid in your greenhouse might have pollinated it? You have so many plants in flower, it seems there's a slim chance you could end up with some happy Frankenstein seedlings. It's like an adventure! ... a several-years-long adventure, lol.
No encyclias or catts were in bloom at the time this was and I don't think the ones that are close to it can be crossed with it (Osmoglossom pulchellum, Dendrobium atroviolaceum, Dendrobium trantuanii, Dendrobium Dr Judith ... a lot of dendros, basically).
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Ah, I see. Still, ... seedlings of this plant will be a nice addition to anyone's collection. Since it's not a hybrid, will the seedling plants produce blooms as bright as these, or can there be variation in the strength of color?
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They should be as good. This plant is a species cross (cross of two cultivars, but both the same species), so a selfing should produce many good plants.
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its Beautiful!!
i'm sure Troy would be very happy to recieve them as he hasnt had some of this species availble in some time.
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