HOW TO GROW MONKEY FACE ORCHIDS FROM SEED - A WARNING!

Monkey orchid



Monkey faced orchids are some of the most intriguing and captivating ornamental flowering plants that money can buy. And why wouldn't they be when they are one of the few plant genera than can look back at you when you look at it!

Monkey orchid
Of course the opportunities to purchase such as coveted specimen are few and far between and therefore many would-be collectors turn to the web to purchase monkey face orchid seed.

Unfortunately there are a number or unscrupulous traders who are advertising monkey face orchid seed for sale, and sadly what they dispatch is not. This is a blatant scam.

Furthermore orchid seeds are extremely small, ranging in size from nearly invisible dust-like particles and up to the size of pin pricks. Anything larger and they are not orchid seed. To clarify, orchid seeds are usually purchased as seed pods or by weight so anyone claiming to sell 5 or even 50 orchid seeds is probably lying. The seeds of most orchid species are far too small to count out in this manner.

Monkey orchid flowers
There is a bigger problem as you cannot simply pot on and grow orchid seeds like you would with other typical houseplants. Many orchids rely on complex relationships with their parent plants including symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungal species in order for the seed to germinate.

In the unlikely event that you do manage to purchase some genuine seed and wish to grow them yourself, there is another stumbling block. You will need access to laboratory equipment such as an autoclave and laminar flow hood, as well as good practical knowledge of aseptic (sterile) propagation technique. Orchid seeds are currently grown in flasks on an agar based medium.

If you still want to get hold of a monkey face orchid then your best course of action is to contact your local orchid society.

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49 comments:

NanneeRose said...

Oh that just sucks!! I just bought some off Ebay and was so excited, should have known better!! Thanks for the article!

jmont62 said...

Damn it, i've just bought some seeds from hong kong, but I'm still going to plant them anyway and see what comes up.

tilly said...

Same here

Janice Lewin said...

I think we all fell for that one. I bought of Ebay too.

Lisa Mcleod said...

Yup I bought em too them and some wild roses from seeds.... hope I didn't waste money on them too.... I'm still going to try.... I mean why not spent the money.... at least wasn't expensive.....

mick jagger said...

AWWW, NUTS !
I'LL BE A MONKEYS UNCLE,THEY GOT ME TOO !!!

Roy Dunderdale said...

Oh well, here's another sucker. At least they sent me 20 instead of 10, just hope whatever they are, they aren't man eaters.I'll let you know what they are if they grow.

Debbie Baker said...

Yep I fell for it too!! 99p for what will probably be dust swept from the floor.

valda holyfield said...

Bought some from EBay too.. I feel that something should have been stated in the description of the seeds, that some serious orchid growing equipment and experience would be necessary to cultivate. Maybe I am just dumb for not knowing that already...

Suz dillion said...

Got mine last week lol we will see

sherry priddy said...

Got me too! Isn't that false advertising??

Mona Forsling said...

HMPF!! I have got these monkey seeds from hong kong, also roses in different colour. The seeds are quite big and look like each other. maybe I've got monkey-roses :). For lucky the were not expensive and I will try to put them in dirt. Maybe something will come up.

rachel russell said...

I think i fell for it too. I guess i will find out after i plant mine

tfrench said...

I was taken as well, at least it was only $6.00.

Linda Hoover said...

Thank goodness I only paid $.80 from eBay. Should I try to grow them on agar?

John Hawkins said...

I bought mine from eBay too,I think that the sellers should be kicked off of eBay for selling fraudulent seeds. At least I didn't pay much for them.I think I'm going to send them a email about this and send eBay a email about this and that the sellers are selling fraudulent seeds and maybe eBay can stop these sellers from ripping off other buyers too. I think that everyone that bought these seeds should notify eBay about this so maybe this can be stopped. I quit buying seeds from over seas because 90% of the seeds that came from over seas never grew in the first place and when you email them about it you never hear back or get a refund on it because they count on it that you won't send them back because it cost more to send them back then what you paid for them. Some sellers are honest and sell good seeds but you never know for sure who they are and a lot of sellers have a few accounts because they would come from the same address or right next door. Plus they never put what seeds that you bought on the package that they put the seeds in so that they can't be kicked off of eBay for selling fraudulent seeds because if they put on the package that they are monkey face seeds and then what you get isn't what you bought then they can be charged with mail fraud and other charges but this way they can say that they must have sent the wrong seeds so that way they are covering their A$$ and not get into trouble for selling fraudulent seeds so they know that by the time you figure out that you got ripped off it is to late to file a claim with eBay. They have a good scam going on and they are making a grip of money selling fraudulent seeds to people that doesn't know anything about what they are buying and that is what these sellers are counting on. So let eBay know so maybe this can be stopped, you probley won't get your money back but hopefully with enough complaints other buyers won't get ripped off too.

Lindsay Randall said...

ME TOO!! They're from Hong Kong also and only 99p so I will have to see what grows. Looking at them now, they could just be shrivelled up Apple pips lol either that or hogweed or a piranha plant lol

Robin Frady said...

Ugh...they got me too. I bought off of Ebay. $1.99 for 5 seeds the size of young peas and $1.99 shipping. Wonder what I will be growing????

Dale5150au said...

Me too.. what are these seeds???

Lady B said...

I also bought these seeds, they must be illegal,on the envelope is stated woman's bag purse, from Beijing China. !!!!!

Sarah g said...

Ive done the same thing. I just got 30 in the mail. Funny enough they look identical to some venus fly trap seeds i just got too. And also some other seeds that are very small. Either wrong seed or repeat package.

Hayden Freeth said...

Damn, I dont feel like such a sucker now, reading these comments lol

knottshottie said...

Another one bites the dust! Well that stinks. I bought mine from Etsy, Greenworld. I haven't received them yet, but we'll see what happens

Judy Burresch said...

Oh I am so glad I read this first! Had my finger on the purchase key and decided to find out just how difficult it really was to grow from seeds. You wonderful people have saved me from a very disappointing experience. THANKS

Ivi said...

Ive already got my seeds and something is growing from it :D it's already 3 cm. I was really happy when it started and now found this article :)i'm really curious

Unknown said...

Thank you all for the comments, and the article. I also almost bought some off of Ebay, wanted to find out what zones they were hardy to, and see how to grow. Guess this is a lesson to us all to do a little research before we buy. Thank you all sgain!!!

Super Hero Matthew said...

Monkey butt They got me. I should have researched before buying.Now will research if i can grow them. They are beautiful

Pat Roberts said...

I agree...monkey butt!!!!
To top it off, I bought them as a gift for my Orchid loving friends. Bought the pot, soil and seed, printed a picture. They were so excited!!! now what ever will I do?

Cassie Romero said...

I'm glad I read the article before I bought the seeds.

Julie Cavalli said...

I was just about to buy these on
ebay too, luckily I looked to see how to grow them before I clicked buy now, thank you for the article guys

Ja K said...

And now, I'm off to watch "Little Shop of Horrors". Will be thinking about all of you.

Sherri Altman said...

So can you tell me what grew when you planted those seeds

Heather Carrier said...

Has any bodies seeds come up?

airgrower said...

Just look for the right seller, mine came with mycorrhizal fungi, and special growing media, while the seeds can be difficult to germinate out of the .25g of seeds I got 7 little orchids, all growing happily

Kirk Dobson said...

If they don't grow, I am out 68 cents.

enokavfc said...

i bought 25 seeds from ebay , and tried them in a propogater 20 seedlings still going strong but i still cant tell if they are monkey faces. but i shall fin out soon enough i am in no hurry they supposed to flower all year round.

enokavfc said...

My seeds have now grown to between 15 @ 20 cms in height, just in pots, but are still very fragile. Can any body help, what to do next?

la cima cima said...

I just purchased some on eBay, this is sad I don't know what I thought then,... they told me I can plant my seeds in any regular soil,... I will let you guys know what happened but the seeds...

Heather Carrier said...

I got mine from EBay, they said put in regular soil so I did, they came up within 2 days.They most definitely are not orchid seeds, I don't know what they are but will see how they go.I knew they were not orchid seeds, way too big!!

Nomble said...

The orchid seeds themselves as small as dust, because dust is hard to handle what you buy is a bit organic "stuff" with the seed embedded on it.

Sarah McKelvie said...

Ok, so im a monkeys arse and too purchased these seeds, although from a UK seller..... i got instructions though about sterilyzing, flasking etc so do i buy the tubes with argar medium and try it out or stick the seeds in regular soil, but if they are by slim chance genuine, i know regular soil will kill them.... i too havent spent alot on the seeds, might just crack on with my succulents and cacti and my 3 beautiful orchids from Marks and SPencers!!! lol
Kind regards folks, glad to know im not the only sucker out there.... but still REALLY want a monkey faced orchid.... can i buy and adult one anywhere!! :)

enokavfc said...

Hi sarah, i have just finished pulling my plants up after their first flowers proved 99% of people who have bought these seeds right, when thet said it was a con. They did grow to about 24"and they did show a pattern on the leaves which in my eyes was starting to resemble a monkey face. But it was wishful thinking because the flowers that appeared were just a large form of clover. So now they are on the compost heap. But dont lose heart though, the rainbow crysanthemums that i bought did flower into a multicoloured bloom, not as the picture showed , more like a tie dyed daisy. Which are still flowering now much to my amusement. So you never know you may well have been given some real seeds. Best of luck ,
Enokavfc

Heather Carrier said...

Mine were cress seeds so it was a con !!!

Jem Allison said...

How big are your seeds Sarah? Dust or something larger?n I've found even the UK sellers are just Chinese people selling out of a container or storage unit packed full of crap shipped over by their Chinese employers. Cheaper for them!

Bronwen Carr said...

okey I did get seeds in a a small vial and they are orchid seeds . Carefully placed them into sterilized flasks with sterile agar and closed the lid. What am I supposed to do next seeing a was lucky enough to get the real deal. So far no fungi in the Agar but I feel as if Im missing the next step in this process. Also have the flask near a window . Good or bad?

tammy sigmon said...

Well I bought some from Ali express and of course just about everything I bought from them was not what it was supposed to be.

cheryl said...

I have also just bought orchid seeds from ebay but i'm still going to see what they grow into. I also bought rose seeds from there too and I have successfully got about a dozen growing nicely. I just planted a few to see if they would grow. So far, so good.

Andrew lile said...

Yep, I am certainly another sucker. I am always telling myself & my kids that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Then go & do something that stupid.

Mark6147 said...

Thanks to this post I saved several dollars..I really wanted to grow some unusual plants...I will see what else I can find...eBay shouldn't allow this..The problem is when a customer complains or gives a negative feedback the seller does all they can to get it removed.. Make promises and give a refund. The problem with that is that the buyers now do not get a true rating because the seller basically bought the positive vote from the buyer.. I hate leaving negative reviews but eBay should extend the review process with a few more questions and allow the buyer to leave it in lieu of trying to stop it...Just because a seller offers a refund does not make their product any better..