Orchid Breeding – Attempted Crossings

In Flasking & Invitro Propagation
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This is simply a photo-heavy post to help me remember what orchids I crossed, and what potential I think they will have. At the top, I’ll have crosses that are in flask, followed by crosses that are in-pod (still making seeds), followed by newly attempted crosses (waiting to see if the pod starts), and at the end all of my failed attempts (which I will likely retry a few times). If you want to know more about “how to breed”, check out my other post on on that topic.

Orchid Breeding – Hybrids Currently in Flask

Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle x Lovely Marie

Pollinated: April 2, 2018  |  Flasked (dry seed): Nov 7, 2018  |  Replated #1: Jan 2, 2019

Why This? Expected Outcomes – This is my first cross ever. I had experienced a lot of failed pod attempts and this was the first to make it to pod. You can track my photo journal of this hybrid, here. I’m expecting smaller flowers that have red spots on yellow background. The heavy influence of bastianii may mean that the flowers change color over time, fading from red to more of a coral peach. Ideally the influence of speciosa from Tying Shin Fly Eagle combined with the color fading of bastianii will result in chamelon flowers that have both random red petals AND colors that fade over the duration of the flower. It should also be very floriferous taking the traits of Lovely Marie and Tying Shin Fly Eagle.

 

Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle x bellina fma alba

Pollinated: May 5, 2018  |  Flasked (dry seed): Dec, 19, 2018

Why This? Expected Outcomes – The unlikely prominence of a true bellina alba likely means the pollen parent is a hybrid of some sort that does include bellina. I’m expecting the alba will dampen the colors of Tying Shin Fly Eagle; possibly blocking the reds entirely, or possibly just reducing the intensity to more of a pink. The flowers of both Tying Shin Fly Eagle and the bellina fma alba parent are very fragrant, and I expect the offspring to be highly fragrant as well. So…expecting pink flowers that have good form and great fragrance.

 

Orchid Hybrids in Developing Seed Pods

Phal Li Sun High (mariae fma flava x tetraspis fma alba) x self

Pollinated: Dec 14, 2018

Why This? Expected Outcomes – Expecting a polarity of mixed genes from either parent. Ideally a some of the flowers have more spots, maybe some white flowers, and maybe some with yellow? Fragrance of the parent is awesome (strong and smells sort of fresh like cilantro and synthetically sweet Diet Coke) will ideally pass on to the progeny. Perhaps in the back-crossing some of the flowers will come out with better form of tetraspis…while I’m sure many will carry forward the cupped shape of mariae.

 

Phal Li Sun High (mariae fma flava x tetraspis fma alba) x Jennifer Palermo (tetraspis f. alba x violacea f. indigo)

Pollinated: Dec 14, 2018

Why This? Expected Outcomes – Double tetraspis alba from both parents should introduce a high possibility of white flowers. Ideally the cupped form of Li Sun High that I have can be improved while still carrying forward the fragrance of mariae and violacea. Best case I would hope for purple (coerulea) spots on a pristine white flower…but who knows. Regardless of how the flower looks, this should be a prolific bloomer taking high flower count from mariae and the ever-blooming nature of tetraspis.

 

Newly-Attempted Orchid Hybrids

*Dropped the pot and busted the spike & pod – retry this later (Zheng Min Anaconda x Kingfisher Kaiulani King)

Failed Attempts