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Old 10-05-2018, 04:12 AM
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Im new to this forum, and this is my first post.

Regarding my title: I want to know how commercial orchid growers (Like Anthura) get new variants of orchids (especially phalaenopsis) when everytime I try to pollinate the orchid the pollinated flower aborts ?
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That's a simple question with a complex answer, as many things can affect pollination success. Here are a few:
  • Maturity of the flower at time of pollination.
  • Age of the pollinia.
  • Relative size of the parents.
  • Genetic compatibility of the parents.
  • Health of the "mother" plant.

Sometimes it's simply a matter of statistics - commercial nurseries tend to have MANY plants on hand, so when hybridizing, the the probability of a cross "taking" is improved - you may try it once while they might try the same one 50 times.

Sometimes a new plant is just a variety of an existing one - an especially good "odd ball", if you will, so again, the size of their plant population increases the chance they'll see them.
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Another factor is ploidy count.

When I mention this factor, it is not strictly regarding crossing Phalaenopsis.
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