A Medium for Non-Commercial Sowing of Orchid Seed


orchid seed
gelling agent
seed germination

How to Cite

Neto, N. B. M., & Custódio, C. C. (2005). A Medium for Non-Commercial Sowing of Orchid Seed. Selbyana, 26(1/2), 316–317. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121437


Conservation of orchid seed presents at times difficult problems. Because not all orchid seed can be stored, non-commercial sowing in home gardens is a technique that orchid conservation groups might encourage. The media for sowing the seeds normally consists of a gelling agent, minerals, sugar, and organic compounds. The gelling agent can be agar or alginic acid, which may be expensive, especially if the ingredients are pure. The aim of this work was to test different starch sources as gelling agents. For home sowing of orchid seed, a media using maize starch as the gelling agent can be prepared, and pH can be adjusted. This sowing method has potential for individuals interested in raising their own orchids.


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