Year 10 students at Writhlington have the challenge of sowing orchid seed in aseptic conditions. In this part of the OCR nationals course students must demonstrate the ability to work safely and maintain aseptic conditions for the orchid seed they sow on a nutrient agar. This year the seed is Stanhopea tigrina, a fantastic species from Central America, and these girls are hoping that their work is a success and they have some plants to take home by the time they get their GCSE reults.
I apologise that you can’t see this, but our large Coelogyne cristata is coming in to flower with two white and orange flowers. We have moved it up to temperate/sub tropical so that it takes as long as possible to flower and has as many flowers for the London show.
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The Catasetums and Chysis have started sprouting their new growths we have three growths that are over 1 inch tall. One of Catasetum atratum have a couple of flower spikes