The whole spread is about an inch across.
That layer of yellow blobs are all clusters of tiny, growing Dendrobium embryos. Sexy goop, eh?
Back in May, my friend Zach sent me some pollen from one of his Phalaenopsis orchids in the mail.
That tiny fluff is just the packaging – the seeds are too tiny to be visible to the naked eye.
Try, try again.
I received the deflasked seedlings today and there were at least two dozen individual plants there.
This time I crossed two small Dendrobium and it looks like it worked!
After a week or so, there was a fine orange dust at the bottom of the paper cone. In that teaspoon of dust were hundreds of thousands of seeds.
The larger my orchid collection grows, the more I appreciate the small ones.
One of my favorite Paphiopedilum flowers ever.