I still have to think of another side of this development process. In nature, of the large quantities of seed produced, only a relatively very small part germinates, the other finds no favorable germination conditions, passes away in the murderous struggle for the existence of the tropical vegetation or, due to its lightness, disappears into the atmosphere.
All these influences do not apply to rearing by human hands and will. Asymbiotic development requires complete sterility; this is easy to achieve with an exact working method. Occasional losses through infection are certainly possible during the transfer of the seed or from plants to the nutrient medium, but they are irrelevant. There is tremendous dynamism in the germination of orchid seeds inside the glass vessels protecting them from the dangers of the environment. I recently received cattleya seeds from Brazil, a cross product of two slow growing species, consequently the finest seeds. I mistrusted him and filled the test tubes with seeds very densely. The result was overwhelming, because he was 100 percent germinable. The little green globules swelled more and more, piled up in many layers and were of a tremendous vitality. In the course of such development, the space requirement increases slowly from the smallest beginnings, but steadily and with relentless consistency. You have to take this into account right from the start, however, it is not always easy. If you come into possession of valuable seeds, so the temptation is great, to sow it completely. On the other hand, it is difficult to define, in any case, a delightful feeling, To be able to create life in this way, to be close to the eternal sources of nature. But there is also danger in it. If – as was the case in the example given – in a test tube with an area of just a few square centimeters 5000 or has more future plants in hand, so this is certainly unprecedented within the vegetable kingdom. One just has to visualize, how the smallest source becomes a steadily expanding green electricity, must think about it, what space these plants would have in an adult state. Therein lies the dynamic of this process; it is in and of itself a process, as it is repeated in nature, here, however, modified in a special way, refined, made more complicated.
The development of plants from germination to first flowering takes many years. Only now, where orchids are grown to a large extent in the centers of creative power of tropical nature, one can see the differences in the time periods required for this development. It was recently reported from Singapore, that Den- drobium phalaenopsis aged 1 Will be able to flower ½ years. Even under optimal conditions, it takes twice as long in Europe – so at least 3 Years – required.