Since Wednesday’s post was wordless, I’ll explain it a little more here.
If you’ve been reading my blog forever you probably know that I grow orchids. I love them so much. It has been quite a journey for me because I had a lot of learning to do before I finally got one to re-bloom after bringing it home. Books were read, websites were visited, and there was a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I killed a lot of orchids, sadly, but now I have been able to get three of my phalaenopsis orchids to bloom and one of my dendrobiums.
I honestly don’t know what got into me the day I considered propagating my plants. It was merely a thought so I looked it up in one of my books and immediately dove into hand-pollination. Like a bee, I ran wildly about the living room with toothpicks taking pollen from one orchid and putting it into another. Like a dummy, though, I didn’t really keep track of whose pollen was going where. I am pretty sure that the ones that appear to have taken are crosses of each other. I have three different colored orchids but one of them did not take any of the pollen successfully.
The purple and white ones did. Yay! It’s almost like pregnancy, this wait. I’ll know better if I’m going to have seed pods in a few months. From what I’ve read, it takes around 180 days for phalaenopsis seed pods to ripen. I’ve already contacted a flasking service to send my seed. It will basically only cost me shipping and once they flask my seeds I have to wait some more for babies to grow. Orchid seeds can only grow off of a certain fungus found where they originated (rainforests, etc.). Instead of setting up my own laboratory, I’d much rather send my pods to professionals. When the seedlings are mature, they’ll send me one flask for free which will have about 25 baby orchids!
Of course, all of this is going to take a long time. By the time I get the seedlings, it’ll probably be next year. What I hope is that we’ll have a little greenhouse by then. I can keep the seedlings in a “community pot” for a while but there isn’t much room on my living room desk for 25 orchids. Not that I plan on keeping all of them, but still. If I grow them in a greenhouse I’ll be able to get more uniformity in their growing and perhaps be able to sell them to a nursery or two once they’re blooming (in five years!).
Ah, surrogacy. I feel like a new mom all over again.