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Old 09-28-2019, 09:53 AM
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My amazing wife found this HuGE Catt. In a pot with other plants in a neighbors garbage pile. She knows I want all pots and plants so she grabs me what she can( keeper!

Anyway, this happened to have a specimen cattleya in it (score) and on of the pseudobulbs is swollen up like a golf ball and I assume it is a pollinated sac.

I will post a pic when I have enough posts to earn the right

I know it is damn impossible for anything to happen if I leave it alone as I lack the fungus and skills to make the miracle happen....what is entailed, in cost and effort, to harvesting and sending seeds to a lab? Is is worthless if it is a NoID? I know the fungus is super specific to each species...

Anyone have any experience?

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Oh I forgot to mention that I have no experience with deflasking either....

Sounding like I am a poor candidate... but you have to get experience somewhere lol
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:03 PM
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If you want to see what happens with the pod, then it's possible to send it to some place after some sort of sterilisation procedure has been done - when the appropriate time comes.

Otherwise, because that plant is so big. You could just simply divide the plant. And dividing the plant can be beneficial - protection against virus. Backups are good for that sort of thing.
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Wow! I can see that processing that capsule would be tempting, but you're right that a NOID doesn't hold much value, and you need to consider the cost of having it flasked, then replated from mother flasks to potentially dozens of daughter flasks. Then you have to properly care for the flasks for several years, then unflask and raise potentially hundreds of seedlings for several more years before you have a chance of seeing a blossom.

That said, maybe there is a hobby flasker that would do it in exchange for some seedlings, and you could limit the number of daughter flasks and seedlings that you raise to keep it limited on the cash and growing resources.

It's a shame you cannot find the original owner, as you might get an ID that way, and an idea of the cross or selfing.
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I wouldn't divide the plant yet if you want to try growing the seeds.

Growing orchid seeds successfully requires laboratory growing conditions and sterile conditions. Although you can replicate these at home, my suggestion is to find a flasking service instead. You can find services that can grow the seeds here: Flasking Services for Orchids

That seed capsule seems close to dehiscing (opening). If it develops little splits, contact one of those flasking services and follow their instructions for harvesting and shipping the capsule (or harvested seed) to them.

Orchid seed is tiny and dust-like. That pod could have a million seeds in it. When you see it the first time, you will think that all you have is a bunch of fibrous dust (that's the seed).

Ray may be right that a Cattleya with no identification (NOID) is not of value ($), but on the other hand, it could be interesting, fun, and even educational trying to grow them.

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Big roll of the dice.
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