Orchid seed media
for Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums.
SORRY WE NO LONGER
SELL ORCHID GERMINATION MEDIA
- Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium
media developed specifically and customized for these two genera.
- Active ingredients kept liquid
until use for greater efficacy.
- Each batch freshly prepared
in-house by ourselves for quality control
- Just add suitable water.
- Complete media - no need for
any additions or complex organic additives.
- Generic formula minimizes transplant
shock or trauma at each stage.
can vary in their ability to germinate. This is greatly influenced by the genetics
of the cross, the correct harvesting regime, storage and sowing procedures.
Providing the correct media is vital and superior results are obtained when
using a specific Paphiopedilum media.
seed will germinate abundantly which can be seen here. However it is well known
that many Paphiopedilums only produce a limited number of seed and others are
notoriously difficult to germinate. The production of a fat seed pod bulging
with seed is no guarantee that seed will germinate or even that germinated seed
will progress to organized plants.
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Paphiopedilums - Parvisepalums, Whites, some species, and others. How does
one germinate these Paphs? This is the most commonly pondered question by
those working in the field. Our experience based on sowing many thousands
of seed pods over the last 8 years might be of some insight to all who are
up for the challenge! The following insight might be of some interest.
- There is a genetic
basis to the ability to germinate, different clones as pod or pollen parent
can influence results. Selection within the nursery breeding program can
improve success rates.
- There is degree of
variation within a species population leading to different levels of seed
dormancy or delayed germination.
- Occasionally difficult
to germinate species will produce seed pods that germinate abundantly -
the only try way to determine this seems to be sow and see.
- Germination orthodoxy
for Paphiopedilums is the belief that a period of dark is required for germination,
this is not always the case.
- Germination can be
quick, erratic, delayed and can be over a long period - we have had seed
germinate 6 years after sowing on agar. There are reports of some species
such as P.violascens taking 17 years in flask to germinate.
- Most Paphiopedilums
which carry white genes are difficult or slow to germinate. Seed yield if
often small, and seedling throughput small. This is reflected in the price
- For more details and
help about raising Paphiopedilum seed including the effects of genetics
see our section PAPH SEED
Our seed media will grow
a number of 'hard to grow' Paphiopedilums but getting them to germinate may
indeed be the governing parameter.
to contact TQPL
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TQPL Orchid media
is unique, we have never disclosed the formulation. Many orchid media are
formulated by chemists or scientists who try them out on a few different genera
and declare them suitable. However our media has developed the other way around
from a need to improve on what was available to make the plants grow better
to meet commercial nursery pressures. Thousands of litres and plants later
we arrived at our media. A formulation that is constantly in use to produce