Posted by Germinating Orchids from seed on July 05, 2003 at 17:01:46:
In Reply to: How do I pollinate orchids ti get seeds? posted by JM on July 02, 2003 at 15:34:48:
From what I understand it is not as simple as collecting the seeds from the pod that develops and putting it in soil and waiting for growth. First of all it takes a fairly long period of time for an orchid to germinate and develope into a blooming plant, the time varies from variety to the next but I do know, for example, for the native endangered lady slippers here in New Hampshire that can take seven years for it to reach a blooming stage. Also, for the orchids that grow in soil (I am unsure about the epiphytic species) there has to be a particular fungus in the soil that actually helps the orchid to grow.