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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12 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.