Propagating orchids from seed

Laura Grant via pbs
Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:23:24 PST
I am not an expert on growing orchids from seed, from all what I read you
may try this.
Uncover soil to expose the orchid roots and sprinkle some seeds on and
around the roots. Chances are the mycorrhiza near the roots  will feed the
orchid embryo and help it sprout. I will be doing the same come spring.
Let's compare our success or failure.

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 3:33 PM R Hansen via pbs <> wrote:

> I have two Cypripediums, very mature plants, given to me by a friend when
> she had to move. They've been in large pots for several years. I know I can
> divide them if I do it now, but today I discovered several seedpods on C.
> montanum. One reference I have suggests some hardy orchids can be sown on
> sterile sphagnum in a sterile pot covered with a sheet of glass.
> My question is this: Will the soil from my Cyps have the right fungus or
> mycorrhiza that if used to sow the seed will enable germination? These
> plants were in the ground in a garden and when I dug them, did not remove
> the soil around their roots when I potted them in a container mix.
> Robin Hansen
> Southwest Oregon
> Where I question why I'm freezing myself when I could be inside and warm.
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