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Jason Fischer

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Well, I did it! Using a microscope to make sure I got the pollen in the right spot, I crossed Schoenorchis fragrans (plant pictured) with neofinetia falcata. It has been a few weeks and a seedpod has showed up! This doesn't mean the cross will take 100%, but it is a start.



My goal is to make a neofinetia-like novelty that has even smaller flowers and foliage than a neo. The structure of schoenorchis is quite similar with the monipodial growth habit, and little spur on the back end of the flower. The funny thing is I made a sibling cross of schoenorchis as well on the same day, and that pod aborted!

Projects like this are one of the reasons I love my job.

-Jason
 

Jason Fischer

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Ah, good question. I actually made 3 seedpods, 2 of which I made today. The first one you see pictured is by 'Kirin Maru', which is a bean leaf. The other 2 crosses are with the same parent, 'Benisuzume' because it is a small growing neo with pink flowers. I'm trying to keep the size down, as you can see!
 
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Good luck, I look forward to seeing these offered for sale someday.:D
 

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Good job Jason!!:clap:
It's always exciting when something new is about to be created... good luck!! :)
 
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AWESOME!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: That could be a really fun little hybrid!! If it produces a lot of viable seed/plants, do you plan on selling any of the seedlings?
 
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Mrs. Paph

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Yes, update please! :) Didn't see this post before, very cool. That's why I'm in plant breeding, so many possibilities to imagine and have a hand in creating! I can't even keep myself from meddling w/ bedding plants from Wallyworld and have my own color strain of violas and things like that, so I had better make sure that when I have the funds to really get into orchid breeding that I allow myself enough Lab space in addition to GH space! :rollhappy: Progeny from that cross shouldn't take up much space though!
 

Jason Fischer

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Well, it's a disappointment as the seeds never germinated, which means they were most likely without embryos. However, I'll keep trying different intergeneric crosses with neofinetia as I enjoy the challenge.

One interesting fact is that I've never had a neofinetia intergeneric hybrid germinate when neofinetia is the pod parent. So far, it only works as a pollen parent.
 
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callosum

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flaskig problem

there are pink and white flowers
why not try to cross with a bigger plant first such as Asc. miniatum then back cross to rduced the plant size .
The small seed pod is hard to work in flasking:rollhappy:
 

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