Brachypetalum pollination

Slippertalk Orchid Forum

Help Support Slippertalk Orchid Forum:

Ernieg96

ST Supporter
ST Supporter
Joined
Apr 22, 2020
Messages
94
Reaction score
23
Is it safe to pollinate a single growth brachy? I’ve read that generally you don’t want to pollinate plants until they have at least two mature growths, but I’ve also read that brachys are short-lived. How would you weigh these two things against one another?
 

CarlG

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 9, 2017
Messages
72
Reaction score
10
Location
Philadelphia suburbs
Don't know about the short-lived thing, I've had one P. concolor for the past 30 years.

I would try to put some size on a plant before pregnancy, though.
 

Happypaphy7

Paphlover
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
6,298
Reaction score
273
Location
New York City
As long as the plant is healthy and strong, then there is no problem.
Major breeder always pollinate first time blooming seedlings when they have certain quality that they want to incorporate into their breeding goals.
Paphs in general including brachys are not short-lived plants. The rumor must have been from prematurely dead cases where the causes could have been any of the followings. genetic issues, diseases, or poor cultivation practice.
 

orchidmaven

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2008
Messages
197
Reaction score
7
Location
Portland, Oregon
We generally do not pollinate first bloom seedlings unless they are extra large healthy plants. Pollination of even a vigorous plant takes a tremendous amount of energy from the plant. We did pollinate this last season an outstanding complex that was quite vigorous with two new growths beginning to emerge on a very husky plant. Bracky and Parvi, I would not. I would however take the pollen. Best of luck.
 

richgarrison

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2014
Messages
346
Reaction score
82
@orchidmaven -> just had to say nice photoshop job on that fairreanum avatar photo...

it can't possibly be real :) hahahahahahahaha (sorry for the self entertainment i'm so jealous....)
 

Latest posts

Top