We have lots of amazing orchid species in flower at the moment and so our team of orchid growers are busy pollinating flowers to set seed capsules. Pollination is an exciting moment when every student starts to look forward to a greenhouse full of newly flowering seedlings of their favourite species.
On average it takes ten months for a seed capsule to ripen and then it’s time for seed sowing our propagation laboratory. After another eighteen months the first seedlings will be ready to deflask and with luck these first seedlings will flower in just three years though with larger growing species it may take five or six years.
Fortunately we are patient people in the Orchid Project and of course each year sees new batches of seedlings coming up to flowering size. This is a good month for Heather as she is having the fun of pollinating some of her top plants like Barkeria skinneri and watching the first flowers open on a batch of Cattleya coccinea seedlings she has been looking after for two years.
If you would like to see how we pollinate our plants then why not come along to Orchid Christmas on 15th December which will include a special pre-christmas holiday pollination workshop.
The festive season wouldn’t be complete without ‘Orchid Christmas’, our annual celebration of the previous year at the Writhlington Orchid Project.
Orchid Christmas is a public evening event on Thursday 15th December running from 6.30pm until 9pm. There will be tours of the glasshouses (which are looking spectacular at the moment), short talks from students about the recent trip to Laos, special christmas plant and seedling kit sales, live music and lovely mulled wine and mince pies. Entry is £1
First an apology; No, I didn’t post as many photos as possibly I would have liked to. The internet connections while out there were slow and temperamental at the best of times, and it was nice to be able to catch up a little bit. We’ll be chucking loads and loads of photos on for your viewing pleasure, as well as press releases and the lark.
Right, that’s over with.
HELLO! We are well and truly back in the UK. We arrived after a 13 hour flight and about 26 hours travelling in total at midnight last night. The trip was absolutely amazing, and we all want to go back!