When hybridizing two orchids, what will the progeny & siblings look like? (Lyndon Bullions x Zheng Min Muscadine)

In Breeding, Flasking & Invitro Propagation
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A single seed pod can produce anywhere from 50 up to 4,000,000 seeds! So, it really makes ya wonder, when you hybridize two different orchids, what would all of those *new* hybrid flowers look like? Would they look like a blend of both parents? Would they look more like one parent than the other? Maybe they won’t even look like either parent?!?

Well, I wanted to know and I couldn’t find ANYTHING online; so like most things in life, when I couldn’t find the answer I wanted, I decided to do an experiment for myself! Below are the photos of every single flower I’ve bloomed from a single flask of Phalaenopsis siblings. There are also few extra photos of the siblings from the breeder, Pat Van Adrichem of Kingfisher Orchids. Pat has graciously given me permission to post the photos from the flowers he bloomed (and these are from the same batch of seedlings as the ones I flowered).

Backstory: this flask was purchased September of 2017 and the seedlings took about 20 months to grow up and start blooming (you can check out the whole deflasking project here). The first flower bloomed on May 27, 2019, and others followed, but many of the seedlings are still maturing so I will continue to add new photos as more plants flower. Check back to see how the remaining 33+ plants look!

Parents of the Hybrid

Phal Kingfisher Lemon Drop

Photos of the Offspring / Progeny
(All siblings from the same flask)

My Flowers
#1 #2 #3 #4
#5 #6 Phalaenopsis Kingfisher Lemon Drop - bloom #7#7 Phalaenopsis Kingfisher Lemon Drop - bloom #8
Pat’s (Kingfisher Orchids) Flowers
Kingfishers first bloom


Comparing the difference in sibling flower colors

(by reordering the progeny)

Summary / Outcome – Orchid Sibling Variation

So that gives you a pretty good idea of the distribution of flowers from a single cross, eh? You kind of end up with a blended range of outcomes; some that look similar to the parents, and a bunch that look quite different than the parents. I love the white and green flowers the most, but I expect as future seedlings bloom, I’ll continue to see more variation.

If you’re curious, the flowers are also fragrant; they smell very similar to Phalaenopsis bellina, with a bright lemon smell that is reminiscent of fruitloops or even cleaning detergent.