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Symbiotic fungus
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Author:  thetoetle [ Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:25 am ]
Post subject:  Symbiotic fungus

Hi all,

Just wondering, has anyone here besides Peter gotten Phalaenopsis seeds to germinate outside of a flask? I'm kind of interested and want to try it myself.


Author:  Ben Belton [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Symbiotic fungus

I have never tried. Seems in the past I ready people sprinkled the seed in the pot with the mother plants and hoped some would germinate.

Author:  raybark [ Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Symbiotic fungus

This is nothing more than supposition on my part, but based upon what I've seen and read, it appears that most orchids are VERY specific about the particular fungus needed for seed germination, while some others are a bit more flexible about it.

Let us not forget that all of our plants are "in cahoots" with a wide range of microorganisms, and in our captive culture, where the indigenous species are likely quite different from those the plants evolved with in the wild, who's to say which ones they are, and whether they are "the right" ones? Then there's our use of the wide array of treatments that may affect that.

All that said, Ben's comment about sowing the seed around the mother plant may be the best possible option, if not necessarily a likely one for success.

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