Started by Diane Whitehead, August 01, 2023, 07:46:22 AM
Quote from: Uli on August 01, 2023, 09:33:53 AMof course you can grow orchids from seed but do they mention that you need laboratory equipment to do that?
Quote from: David Pilling on August 02, 2023, 07:45:14 AMI agree with the above comments by CG100. But going the lab route for growing orchids always appealed to me - I never got there. A friend did and had success with home made equipment.I used to feel the need to use lab style techniques with some non-orchid seed. There were some species where the seed would take so long to germinate that it would be overtaken by undesirable stuff like moss and liverworts - and it was too small for the kitchen towel approach.In general there are worthy seed vendors and there are worthless seed vendors. When I started I assumed seeds all came from people with huge gardens where they grew all the seed they sold. Most seed is traded, and at one end of the spectrum there are dealers who have never grown a seed in their life but know two things, seed has an infinite lifetime and the price per seed increases for smaller lots. The end result is people on ebay selling five year old single seeds of cosmos bipinnatus for $1.I seem to recall one of the UK seed vendors with the biggest range of rare varieties at high prices operated from an inner city tower block.The English fairy tale "The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean" (1734) has its base in reality.If I was giving you some seed of my own I would be unable to avoid embroidering their merits.Gardeners have to be optimists - perfect market - people who want to believe in your product.
Quote from: Robert_Parks on August 02, 2023, 06:20:51 PMPlant World Seeds