Breeding

Since in years 1856 the first man-made orchid was known in England, breeding became a global affair. The number of hybrids that have emerged since then seems almost impossible. Many of the breeds that arose in the early days are lost and forgotten today. A large number of them are registered in the "Sanders List of Orchids Hybrids". The pioneering work in this area was thus preserved for posterity. It is a purely empirical development, a groping and searching for new ways and possibilities. Today we work on an international scale in the relevant breeding farms on a scientific basis according to the latest findings in genetics.

The difficulty of rearing and the long development time do not encourage experimentation. However, interest in orchids is growing steadily, and many lovers would like to have a basic knowledge of breeding issues. This or that person may be encouraged to try things out, and with patience and perseverance, success will come. Such work is undoubtedly tremendously interesting, and one can succumb to it unconditionally; it is creative and formative – but it shouldn't be just a gimmick. Trying to crossbreed or even to pollinate to preserve a species is tempting. However, one should be aware, that the development of a fruit can be detrimental to the plant. Due to the very long ripening time, the rest period is usually not observed, and the production of semen on a very large scale, as usual with orchids, represents a significant achievement for the plant. The question of space is another factor, which requires careful consideration. There is tremendous dynamism in the development of orchids from seeds. From the tiny plants of the first stages, specimens with a corresponding space requirement grow in more or less long periods of time, which is usually larger, than the available space. Either this reduces the quality, or you have to destroy excess quantities – A measure, to which hardly anyone can make up their minds so quickly.

Breeding is the concentration and combination of the plant in the seed

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