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These are some of the orchids I have in flask, in pots, or are working on making seed pods for later sowing. Please note: I’m sharing this list for others to be inspired by the work I’ve done; these plants/flasks are not for currently for sale nor am I taking reservations. Also due to export restrictions on orchids, I can’t ship plants internationally. If you want to know how to breed orchids and grow them from seed yourself, check out my other post on on that topic.

A general note about how orchid hybrids are written:
the seed-producing pod parent (‘mother’ ♀) is always written first, followed by the pollen donor (‘father’ ♂).

Orchid Hybrid & Breeding Project
Plants in Flask or Deflasked

Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle x bastianii 

Pollinated: April 2, 2018
Sowed Mother Flask (dry seed): Nov 7, 2018 (7mths after pollination)
Replated #1: Jan 2, 2019
Why This? Expected Outcomes – This was the  first cross I ever sowed. Prior to getting this seed pod, had experienced a lot of failed pod attempts and this was the first to make seed. 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 tetraspis (formerly speciosa) from Tying Shin Fly Eagle combined with the color fading of bastianii will result in chameleon 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 bastianii and Tying Shin Fly Eagle.

Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle x bellina fma alba

Pollinated: May 5, 2018
Sowed (dry seed): Dec, 19, 2018 (7mths)
Why This? Expected Outcomes – I love the shape and vigor of both of these plants and together I expect good things. The alba may dampen the colors of Tying Shin Fly Eagle; possibly blocking the reds entirely, or just reducing the intensity of the red resulting in vibrant pinks or yellows. It would be cool if the the alba trait was fully passed on – it may result in green flowers? Both the Tying Shin Fly Eagle and the bellina fma alba parent are very fragrant, and I expect the offspring will be too. The fragrance will possibly be a blend of Goat cheese and spicy citrus (so who knows what they might smell like). So…expecting pink flowers that have good form and strong fragrance.

First FlowerPhragmipedium Memoria Frank Louwe

Phrag Mem. Frank Louwe (Pink Panther x Hanne Popow)

Pollinated: Nov 22, 2018
Sowed (dry seed): February 26, 2019 (3mths)
First Flower: Aug 17, 2020 (1.5 years seed to first flower)
Outcomes: These plants have been extremely vigorous and fast growing. The first one flowered 1.5 years (18months) after sowing the seeds; a second began spiking only a few weeks later. The first flower was a perfect blend of the two parents—taking the color from Pink Panther and spreading it across a shape more similar to Hanne Popow. I detect a hint of fragrance…but it’s so slight that it may just be wishful thinking on my part.
Why This? My very first phrag flasking and hybrid. I love Pink Panther because it’s vigorous and compact; I love Hanne Popow because the flowers smell like raspberries (a trait of phrag schlimii). I suspect the flowers will be pink and largely look like phrag schlimii but with more color. Hopefully they also bring forward that fragrance as both parents are primary hybrids of schlimii.
More about this plant: Registering my first orchid name
Photos (incl second bloom)

Phrag Pink Panther x self

Pollinated: Nov 22, 2018
Sowed (dry seed): February 26, 2019 (3mths)
Why This? – I’ve always wanted to know what a selfing of a primary hybrid would result in. In theory a bunch of your non-dominant traits should align and reshuffle meaning you get a bunch of seedlings that look vastly different than the parent. This is often a good way to test if a plant is a species or hybrid—blooming out the selfing of that plant will show either consistency (meaning the parent was a species) or a high degree of variation (meaning the parent was a hybrid).

Phrag Hanne Popow x Sam Crothers

Pollinated: Jan 1, 2019
Sow (dry seed): Mar 26, 2019 (3mths)
Deflask: Jan 1, 2020
Why This? – Expecting round and mostly pinks for the bulk of the flowers; however some may result in rich or deeper colors from the influence of besseae and kovachii in either parent. This cross is two unrelated primary x primary parents, so I expect a great deal of variation across the progeny as traits from all four species (bessea, schlimii, kovachii, fischeri) is redistributed.
Outcomes: the plants are growing vigorously also and I suspect will bloom at year 2.
Photos

Phal pallens x self

Pollinated: Jan 18, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): June 9, 2019
Replate: Oct 14, 2020
Deflasked: May 10, 2020
Why This? – Phal pallens is a cool miniature species from the Philippines. I expect the progeny to look  like clones of the parent. They’ll be pale yellow with flecks of brown. This was more of a test flasking for me than anything—when I first started hybridizing I was having troubles getting my plants to hold seed pods, but I still wanted to learn the process. I made this selfing to do that—and then with this seed pod I made a series of orchid breeding tutorial videos.
You can find those videos here:
Video 1: Sowing Dry Orchid Seeds
Video 2: Update / Germination 
Video 3: Orchid Seedling Replate
Video 4: Phalaenopsis Seedling Deflask
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Phal Li Sun High (mariae f. flava x tetraspis f. alba) x Jennifer Palermo (tetraspis f. alba x violacea f. indigo)

Pollinated: Dec 14, 2018
Sowed (dry seed): July 22, 2019
Replate #1: Sept 24, 2019
Why This? Expected Outcomes – Double tetraspis alba from both parents should increase the odds of fully white flowers with some of these plants. I hope the cupped flower form of Li Sun High is reduced by the influence of tetraspis and vioalcea. Ideally too, the traits from mariae and violacea result in nicely fragrant flowers. For flower color, best case I would hope for purple (coerulea) spots on a pristine white flower. Flower looks aside, this should produce prolific blooms, taking high flower count from mariae and the ever-blooming nature of tetraspis. I lost the original mother plant (Li Sun High) since I made this cross, so I am hoping to replace her from this lot with a new plant with better color and form.
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Phal bastianii x self

Pollinated: Apr 19, 2019
Sow (green pod): Mar 3, 2020 (11mths)
Why This? – I want to confirm that my bastianii is a species. Selfing it and flowering the progeny can help verify that. Plus, it’s a great plant – flowers like crazy – so it’s good to have a couple extra around.
Want to know more about this species? Read this
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Phal Zheng Min Anaconda ‘Peter’ x Matthew Chen

Sowed (dry seed): Oct 16, 2019
Replated: Mar 3, 2020
Deflasked: Sept 1, 2020
Why This? Expected Outcomes – I was obsessed with Zheng Min Anaconda when I first got back into orchids—this plant is one of the reasons I started breeding orchids. It’s a wonderful looking harlequin (spotted) flower with lots of variation across the hybrid. My hope with this cross is for orange flowers that are strongly fragrant—the Matthew Chen hybrid smells strongly of cinnamon with hint of baby’s breath and ZMA smells like an even blend of violacea and bellina (cinnamon + citrus); MC is the only phal I own that I can smell when entering the room.
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Phal (Lyndon Golden Age x Mituo Golden) x Matthew Chen

Pollinated: Mar 9, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): Oct 30, 2019
Replate 1: Mar 3, 2020
Why This? – I like harlequin phals because they tend to have a broad range of outcomes. This means growing and flowering out a flask of 50 plants is more “exciting” simply because of the possibilities. I don’t know what to expect for the flowers from this; however the plants seem to be quite vigorous and the cross was very fertile with many many seeds germinating and growing up.
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Phal Sogo Pony ‘YS’ x Tying Shin Fly Eagle ‘Wilson’

Pollinated: Mar 9, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): Sept 1, 2019 (6mths)
Deflasked: July, 2020
Why This? Expectations – In theory, this cross shouldn’t be possible. In practice, it clearly is! When I first posted about this cross, a couple people barked that Sogo Pony was a ‘triploid’ (3n) and would therefore be sterile—a mule—and that I wouldn’t get any seeds. This resulted in a research spiral to find out what that meant for my -then- developing seedpod. I ended up having lots of unanswered questions – “how does anyone know this specific plant is actually triploid?” (answer: they don’t unless they’ve counted chromosomes themselves), “Is it possible that one plant of a hybrid is triploid, while others of the same cross (from the same seed pod) are diploid?” (a: turns out, yes you can have a mix of ploidy from a group of progeny [source]), “how is it possible that this plant is triploid—and allegedly sterile—if I have a seed pod (which since proved to have viable seeds)?” (a: it turns out ploidy isn’t as black and white as some people think it is, and in about 31.9% of triploid plants, seed production is possible and across those progeny, diploid and tetraploids are a more common occurrence than you would expect [source – see p478–483]).

I sowed the seeds expecting none to germinate based on what I had been told, but many did and I have well over 30 plants growing either in a pot or still in flask. This plant is an experiment and proof point for me and I suspect the flowers of the progeny will be impressive. From that study I linked above, there is evidence that progeny from triploid plants (either crossed on diploid or triploids) have a higher chance of being tetraploid (4n)—with an average of 6.3% of the progeny being tetraploid, but up to 13.9% in select cases. 3n x 2n crosses specifically had an average of 9.8% outcome of 4n progeny. So, it’s a good lesson about understanding complex topics and while I’m sure I still have much to learn, it’s important to remember just because someone says, “you can’t” or “don’t” and maybe has the loudest voice…doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right. Let your curiosity guide you.

Notable Outcomes: From a care/culture perspective, these are more like a classic grocery store phal—the roots need to dry out between watering. I unknowingly used too much sphagnum on the first deflask and lost some roots. After decreasing the depth of the moss, those plants are recovering and the second set of deflasked seedlings are growing on well with the first.
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Phal Zheng Min Anaconda ‘Peter’ x Kingfisher’s Lemon Drop ‘HBN#4’

Pollinated: July 14, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): April 21, 2020 (9mths)
Why This? Expected Outcomes – Like I said – really love that Zheng Min Anaconda. Was curious what a white flower might impose on the spotting. This is experimental—perhaps high contrast spotting on well-shaped flowers. The Kingfisher’s Lemon Drop is also fragrant but of citrus—you can read more about that hybrid in this other post.

Phrag x roethianum x Yelva Myhre

Pollinated: May 27, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): July 22, 2019
Deflasked: Feb 14, 2020
About this cross – I’m expecting deep red flowers which have elongated petals – similar to the cross Phrag Noirmont (Memoria Dick Clements x longifolium) which shares similar lineage. the contribution of kovachii from Yelva Myhre should increase flower size a bit and keep the general petal form more round. Not many seeds from this cross were viable and the seedlings did poorly in vitro. I deflasked much earlier than is normally recommended in an effort to save the 8 seedlings that remained. 3 of the smallest didn’t make it and I’m down to 5 plants. The remaining plants are quite vigorous and I am anxious to see the first flower. And yes, one of the seedlings is variegated. I hope that this variegation is stable and is present with the new meristem growths.
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Phal Yaphon Green Jewel x (javanica x heiroglyphica)

Pollinated: Dec 14, 2018
Sow (dry seed): Oct 30, 2019
Replate: Apr 21, 2020
Why This? – The world needs more javanica hybrids, so I made this one. Both javanica and Yaphon Green Jewel are small plants, so I suspect that some of the progeny should carry that trait forward and I’ll end up with many compact small phals. Both of the parents are good growers and flower often with many blooms—who knows what the flowers will look like, but I suspect that it will be a rewarding plant.
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Phal schillerina ‘Silver Leaf’ x Yaphon Green Jewel

Pollinated: Jan 18, 2019
Sowed (dry seed): July 7, 2019
Replate: Oct 6, 2019
Deflasked: May 7, 2020
Why This? – The flowers might not look like the best pairing. My schilleriana doesn’t have the “full form” (round) flowers that everyone has come to know and Yaphon Green Jewel is small and quite round; BUT, Yaphon Green Jewel also has mannii in it’s lineage and mannii x schilleriana (Bronze Maiden) has really cool leaves and nice flowers. This cross was largely experimental and I really wanted to make a cross between the subgenus phalaenopsis with polychilos AND use schilleriana in at least once.
Notable Outcomes: The leaves of the progeny are varied. Most are olive-green and flecked with spots or fringed with color. None are fully mottled like the parent schilleriana; but I’m looking forward to seeing these grow up and flower. From a care/culture perspective, these are more like a classic grocery store phal—the roots like to dry slightly between watering and the plants seem unphased by my dry climate.
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Phrag Memoria Dick Clements x Sam Crothers ‘#1’

Pollinated: Feb 10, 2019
Sow: April 20, 2019
Deflask: Oct 27, 2020
Why This? – I expect darker-colored flowers (red/maroon) with round shape. Similar in shape to Phrag Vyonne Fay Wilson and ideally colored more like Phrag Acker’s Beauty. This cross initially struggled in flask and were quite slow—I due to a bad batch of media. Many from my first deflask in October struggled, but I deflasked a second more robust batch July 31st, 2020 and those so far seem more established and healthy overall. I see a lot of potential for this cross, but similar to the parent Mem. Dick Clements parent, they are slower growing and seem more sensitive to variations in water quality than the rest of my phrags are. I have a theory that Phrag lindleyanum, sargentianum and that related cluster of species from the NW corner of South America, are well-adapted to the really soft and low-mineral water there, unlike the phrags from the Western Andes which are more adapted to alkaline and mineral-rich soils of the limestone outcrops they grow on. We’ll see though—I don’t intend on giving these RO water so if they can’t survive with my alkaline tap water…it might be a “Darwinian selective pressure.” lol
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Phal (Silbergrube x javanica) x wilsonii

Sowed (Green pod): May 19, 2020
Why This? – The world needs more Aphyllae hybrids—like WAY MORE! Aphyllae is a subgenus of phalaenopsis which are cool-growing and significantly smaller plants. They also don’t breed readily and while only a handful of seeds have germinated (9), I am very excited about this cross.
Firstly, I expect the plant and flowers will be compact; wilsonii has a tendency to override flower shape/form, but wilsonii x javanica really brings forward a nice blend of the two species. Phal celebensis seems to have a dominance for shape, so the flowers might be a bit wonky in that regard; but typically the further you dilute the cross, the less those oddities are inherited. I have a hunch the flowers will be fragrant; the flowers of the wilsonii I used in this cross smell like grape soda and the javanica hybrid smells like orange blossom.
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Phal Jennifer Palermo x violacea ‘HP Norton’

Pollinated: TBD
Sowed (Dry Seed): TBD
Why This? Expected Outcomes – Why not, right? I’m a huge fan of coerula (blue/purple) flowers and violacea, but my violacea ended up dying, so I’m hoping at least a couple of the seedlings of this can replace that plant. Due to the reclassification of the tetraspis alliance (speciosa), there are many examples of similar crosses, and I suspect bottom line…It’ll be more resilient than phal violacea alone with good color and form.

Phal Yaphon Green Jewel x wilsonii

Pollinated: Feb 12, 2020
Sowed (Dry Seed): July 30, 2020
Why This? Expected Outcomes – When I said, “WAY MORE Aphyllae”, I was serious. Yaphon Green Jewel is made up of 25% of each: micholitzii, amboinensis, violacea, and mannii; so I think this cross should have some good outcomes. Both parents are fragrant, both parents are small plants, and a slightly-related hybrid, Phalaenopsis Isabelle Dream (mannii x wilsonii) looks insanely cool—so I am optimistic for what will come of this hybrid.
Story time: I sowed these seeds without sterilizing the seeds or pod because it had broken open while I was away on vacation. There were so few seeds that I wouldn’t be able to capture them for sterilization in hydrogen peroxide. So, on a whim, I just pulled the chaff from the seedpod over open flasks (in the glove box) and let whatever few seeds existed, fall into the flasks. It worked surprisingly well and of the 4 mothers I sowed, only 1 had contamination (so far and it’s been over a month).
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