I will keep that in mind as I am repoting a lot of mine coming up as big923cattelya mentioned.If you just bought it a month ago and you’ve pollinated it, there are two stresses being put on it like bigcat says. It’s in a new environment and it needs more energy for the seed pod. Usually bronze or tan/copper colors are reactions to a chemical that’s burning a plant. This color often is rust, but usually the rust can be ‘moved’ meaning mostly on the surface.
It’s almost always a good idea to repot a plant you’ve brought into your collection as the media is what works for the vendors growing conditions, and you need to switch to what works in yours
Ive never pollinated any orchid though some have gone to seed from there time in the nursery in the past. I was just curious and exploring. I am aware they take many years to flower but its just an experiment for me. I had also been awarethzt they sent put out many viable seeds and when its hybrid its anyones guess what they will look like. It currently is is repotted in better media, in a bit different light set up and a newly clipped flower/seed pod.I am getting to old for this, I completely missed the point about you pollinating this slipper! How stupid of me. Why are you pollinating a newly purchased orchid? That is just extra stress being placed upon the plant as cnycharles pointed out.
Have you pollinated orchids before? What exactly is the name of this plant?
Self pollinating a species orchid produces certain results. You will get more plants of the same species but unless it is a great clone, superior in some characteristics, the results could be rather poor to mediocre at best.
If the root system is compromised and the mother plant is of less then ideal health, you may be making it produce a seed pod when it is not capable.
Besides, I don’t know if you are aware of this or not but Paphiopedilums in general produce very low counts in terms of viable seeds. A mature Cattleya seed pod can produce a few hundred thousand seeds. A good, healthy slipper, maybe 2-3 dozen seeds. They are famous for that!!
If it was my plant I would remove the spike with the developing pod.
I would make every effort to improve the health of the Mother plant.
Selfing a hybrid opens up a whole new batch of issues. You may only get 25% of the babies to look like Mom, if that. The other 75%, who knows?!?!? It all depend upon the genes involved.
Oh? it very well could be a poorly cared for plant I and exacerbated it by bring it it to a new environment and after a few weeks pollinating it. It has roots but they are not as healthy or robust as my others. The medium was quite broken down and not healthy looking. I cut the flower off, repotted it in brand new medium that is a bit more fine to keep them moist longer and yes that is a moss top dressing. Of all my papjhs this is the only one suffering. I think I started with a problem plant and just made it worse with some rookie mistakes. I have gotten some great advice in this thread to ponder like repotting more often and unlike lets say my psychopsis, it doest royal upset the plant.As a longtime grower of Paphs I think I can say that I have never seen a healthy Paph that was that pale. It appears to me to be suffering from a mineral deficiency. I think you've purchased a unhealthy plant and you are now compounding the problem by pollinating a single growth, newly purchased plant. Is it potted in sphagnum or is that just a topdressing? Sphagnum can be a difficult medium for most growers. Have you checked the root system? Inadequate roots can lead to poor nutritional uptake.
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