Jewel orchids from seed
Range of genera
Several genera are cultivated at Burleigh Park, Haemaria ,Anoectochilus, Dossinia, Goodyera, and Macodes.
Culture requirements are simple, a very well shaded sheltered position, small pots well crocked, and shredded spaghnam moss and isolite.
The plants are grown with the rhizome more or less on the surface of the media, never buried.
Anoectochilus formosanus A robust species with dark green leaves veined
silver and gold. The underside of the leaf is reddish. The photograph of A.formosanus shows its progress to near maturity in
the final reflask bottle, a 100 ml miniflask.
Anoectochilus formosanus variegata
A yellow edged leaf with yellow veins.
Haemaria discolor var Dawsoniana A larger growing species with dark
green black leaves veined gold. The underside of the leaf is red
Haemaria discolor var alba A smaller growing species with emerald green leaves veined silver. The underside of the leaf has no redbrown colouring. Photo shows both alba and var odina for comparison.
Haemaria discolor var Odina
A slightly smaller grower than the normal
form, and with definite silver veins on the dark green leaf
Dossinia marmorata var DayiiA large leafed species with red black
leaves and gold veining.
Another large leaf of green with gold veining.
A vivid green leaf veined silver.
Germination and deflasking
Seed germinates readily, and after transfer to a stronger replate
media, the plantlets proceed to emulate the adult form in that they
spread out to form clumps.
The final reflask entails the planting of
individual plantlets in the bottle to develop to a size where they can
Deflasking is also relatively simple. Seedlings are washed from the
bottle (or the bottle broken), and all agar is washed from the plants.
The seedlings are placed together on the surface of a thin bed of
shredded spaghnam and isolite in a small community pot. We use
10cm pots, two thirds filled with crock.
After compotting the seedlings,
the pot is drenched with water and placed in a sheltered, very
shady position, with light misting occasionally for a few days.
DO NOT TREAT SEEDLINGS AT THIS STAGE WITH FUNGICIDES,
which are growth inhibitors.
Other species awaiting seed pods are Anoectochilus youngianus and
Anoectochilus roxburghii. These also appear to grow well in the
fine bark or shredded spaghnam.
We would be interested to hear from
other growers who have other species and genera and an interest in
conservation by propagation.
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