Looking at native British orchids

It struck me today with increased restrictions on going out, that this will be the first year that I am not able to visit the Dorset coast to see Early Spider orchids in April. For all those who will be missing the wonders of native orchids this spring I have found a bee orchid seedling in our laboratory (above).

Maintaining the laboratory is of course essential work but very quiet without my wonderful student team. Seedlings need to be moved into new jars at least every six months to avoid the build up of toxins, and to provide new nutrient and air. The photo below shows how bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) respond to re-plating (moving into a new jar). The seedlings were sown about a year ago – the ones on the left have been re-plated once, six months ago (and were done again today), the jar on the right were missed (though I have tried to save them by re-plating today).



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  1. Gareth Buckle says:

    Jess is now most upset that she can’t get to her beloved greenhouse or any of the shows! As its her last chance as a pupil and its been robbed from her

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Jess is a life long member of the greenhouse club and she will always be a part of it, just as greenhouse club will always be a part of Jess 🙂 Keep watching the website and I will increase the posts just everyone can see how all the plants are doing 🙂

  2. AgnesJones says:

    I think many of us feel the same way Jess. I feel robbed of seeing the native orchids and wild spring flowers this year. I miss school, my friends there and being able to visit the greenhouses everyday too!