The flowering season is well under way, in fact the Early Purple Orchids and the Green Winged Orchids have already started setting seed. It is interesting that the Early Purple orchids work to a time table, rather than a pollination response. By that I mean that the flowers will fade and die, even if they have not been pollinated and they do this to a time table. This is contrary to most orchids which tend to hang on as long as possible until the flowers have been pollinated before dropping petals. Of course, once pollination has taken place the flower withers and it is full ahead to produce seed. I have been potting up some more plants and once they are settled and growing I will be offering them for sale. They do apply the brakes when they move out of asceptic culture and into soil because the leaf cuticle is thin and they can dehydrate very easily until they have acclimatised to their new conditions. It is at this point that they are at their most delicate and losses can be quite high unless great care is taken.
Dr Wilson Wall, grower of orchids. A scientist by inclination and training.