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Old 09-22-2008, 07:17 PM
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Not great news on capsule #3

I just heard from flasker #3 that it doesn't look good for my seeds. They say that there are seeds-(lots!) but didn't see embryos. They are planted anyways just in case. I haven't heard from #2 or #1 yet, but I'm not holding out much hope at this point. I have a couple of crosses started on some Phals so....we'll see.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:55 PM
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Would that mean that the plant is sterile?
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:01 PM
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This is what he wrote:
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We got your MLF (SLC x PO) seeds set up and an assessment made.



Unfortunately, although seeds are present we found none with apparent embryos. Possibly one or a few were missed and my show up as germinated in a few weeks, but do not count on it.



This happens occasionally, especially with Catt-related orchid crosses. It appears that pollination of the flower occurred but fertilization failed, so only seeds lacking embryos are the result. It might be timing of pollination or possibly an environmental event interfered with normal development. Also, it could be genetically based sterility. Often, however, breeders find fertile seeds when the same cross is made again later.



Donít get discouraged; I am sure another cross you make will work out; we appreciate your business and interest!
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I'm soooo sad.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:06 PM
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Let's cross those fingers and see if the other pods have any luck. Think happy, positive thoughts !!!
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:08 PM
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Thanks, Jenny... I'll try.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:10 PM
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Oh no! That sucks. Maybe you'll get lucky and some will have embryos. I'll keep my fingers crossed on the other two.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:16 PM
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Thanks, Cindy- I appreciate the support. I'm really sad right now.
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Im sorry to hear that. Thats one reason why when we try to cross, we do more then one flower, in order to ensure we get something. Dont give up hope.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:23 PM
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Don't be sad. There's always another time. I'm sure you not giving up on this project. Now we can look forward to the Phal. crosses.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:26 PM
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Thanks Exasperatus and Solay- I hope you're right.
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How disappointing! I've got my fingers crossed for the other two.
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Thanks! If I have any luck with the others, I won't need to post it- You'll hear me screaming!!!
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You guys are so much more advanced than me. (newbie) but I've been curious about your talk of seeds, cross pollination, flasks, etc. and don't have a clue what you are talking about. Do seeds just turn up on certain flowers, like little berries?
I've managed to start some agapanthas from seed and also dancing girl ginger and a few others I've experimented with and was curious how it is with orchids.
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I have everything crossed here. I'm listening for those screams.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:19 PM
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mmmm... interesting . sorry to hear that. My Dtps and Dend i sent recently did not grow
as well..
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:31 PM
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Well I heard from flasker #2 today, and that one's a no embryo seeds as well.

I'm told that it's quite common with hybrids and that sometimes the cross will take if the parents are reversed. I've got some other crosses going, so, we'll see what happens down the road. I haven't heard from #1 yet, but I'm not holding out much hope.
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Oh no. Well, there's one left. Worse comes to worse, you at least had some practice. Sorry about the second capsule.
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Thanks solay....I agree that if nothing else, I've learned a lot from this experience. I'm not holding out much hope for the other one- It was the smallest of the three. I have some Phal capsules developing that I'm pretty excited about, and I'll continue to try with my mini Catts.
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Awww! I'm sorry. I never even knew that could happen.
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