SEED PODS: Optimal Harvesting Time for Green Pod Culture

Orchid Doctor Propagation

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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12 hybrids with five or more pods each were tested for germination results when removed at different lengths of time from 60 days onward and the number of days to dehiscing; also the optimum time for 19 other genera; refer to F75-151+; F76-124; F76-176
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SEED PODS: Cattleya Pods Split Prematurely It can be caused by incompatibility of the cross; the seed is not viable; it happens when one or both parents are triploids. A69-700 0
SEED PODS: Cattleyas It takes eight or nine months for the seed to ripen. A63-478 0
SEED PODS: Harvesting Slight yellowing and the start of splitting at the seams indicate time for removal; swab with dilute Clorox (1:4 water) place between two clean pages of paper and let dry a few days; clean out the seed; wrap it in paper; place in a jar and store in the refrigerator at 40 to 45 deg.F. A61-204; ODA76-25 0
SEED PODS: How Long to Mature? A few mentioned: Sophronitis crosses take 5 to 6 months; Cattleyas take 9 months; Phalaenopsis take only 3 or 4 months. OIE86Sept-14; of course, with green-pod culture it takes less time even than those mentioned. OIE86Sept-14 0
SEED PODS: How Long to Ripen on the Plant Cattleyas take from-nine to 13 months; phalaenopsis six to eight months; vandas the same; paphiopedilums and cymbidiums nine to 12 months. A74-595 0
SEED PODS: Mailing Wrap the whole pod in clean paper or seal it inside a paper envelope so it can "breathe" whether green or dry, then place it inside a small carton, address it and mail; do not use any plastic or film roll containers. Ca81(3)-37 0
SEED PODS: Phalaenopsis Cultural directions; pods take six to eight months to mature; remove when about to crack open; place in clean paper; spray with Lysol aerosol disinfectant; dry; open the pod and collect the seed on copy paper and fold it, place in small jar with some calcium chloride drying agent and store in the refrigerator at 45 to 50 deg.F. A70-235 0
SEED PODS: Spike Deterioration Sometimes a spike carrying a pod rots or dries away; can be counteracted by setting more than one pod; or by setting the end pod in addition to another; spikes dying back can be cut above the pod and tree-sealed; other methods and remedies given; refer to C74-164 0
SEED PODS: Time to Mature Some mentioned: Cattleyas, 11 to 13 months; Laelia purpurata about nine months; Phalaenopsis schilleriana six months; Paphiopedilum spicerianum 11; Paph. insigne 10; Masdevallia 4; Calanthe 3 to 4; Zygopetalum mackayii X Maxillaria sp. 6 ; Odontoglossum maculatum about 12; Dendrobium aureum about 12; Anguloa clovesii also 12; Chysls bractescens about 12; Maxlllaria harrlsonlana about 12. AU85-17 0
SEED PODS: Time to Maturity The farther from the equator the plant is the longer it takes to maturity; use of a blue light might reduce this effect. NH78(3)-18 0

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