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Unread 11-27-2011, 12:42 AM
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I have a blooming Polystachya paniculata. This orchid is found growing in the forest of Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zaire. I am growing this in a mix of fine fir bark, charcoal and lava rock with bright shaded light and intermediate to warm temperatures. I have seen this plant mounted. I give it lots of water during the summer but I reduce watering during the winter (about December 15 to mid-February); watering only about every two weeks.
This spiked again and opened its blooms this month; but two months ago, the older pseudo bulb had also bloomed and just as I was about to cut the old dried spike; I saw three tiny pods and at first I thought it was a bug and I was going to squish it with my pinchers…but I looked again closer…I got three baby pods! My Polystachya paniculata is pregnant! I had to do instant research and it will burst seeds in about mid-April. I will just have to learn how to flask…
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Lovely, way to grow!
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Awesome Bud! I just got a Polystachya paniculata so its nice to see what your plant looks like and very helpful culture tips!

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You betcha, Ben ! Once your seedling matures, it will keep on flowering...theres no stopping it...they dont only produce basal keikis ... some flowers get pregnant and give you pods
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I wonder if you could just sprinkle some seeds on top of the media in the same pot.
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In natural habitat the seed pods burst open and is flown by the winds scattered in different directions. Some get to grow and some just die ...
since it is in a pot in my windowsill, it will burst and get scattered to the table and die...
In March, I will start to cover the pods with a tiny plastic and will let it burst in the plastic and save all the seeds for flasking(I have researched how to flask and bought the materials for it in preparation)
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I know this is an old post but it contains the exact information I wanted to see about this plant... that I just acquired. Orchid Board rules.

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Indeed very cool. What ever in the world happened with the seeds. Are there other posts about it?
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