Nun Orchid Seed Pods
I have what I think are two seed pods on a Nun Orchid. What do I do with them to hopefully grow more orchids? Do they need special care, and if so, what?
Plant Guides Answer
I have good news and bad news for you, Joyce.
The good news is that the seed pods forming on your nun orchid will produce more than a million seeds. If you allow the pods to ripen, they will burst and scatter those millions of seeds to the wind.
There is a very slight chance that one or two of those tiny seeds will land in a spot with just the right conditions to allow it to germinate. There is an even slimmer chance that one would survive and grow to maturity.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that if you pick the pods and sow the seeds on potting soil, they won't make it.
Most garden plants produce complete seeds which contain all the nourishment the seedling will need to get off to a healthy start.
Orchids produce incomplete seeds. They don't contain any nutrients. Because of this they have to be sown under sterile conditions on a media formulated to support their growth.
You would have to wait 9 months or more for the pods to ripen and send them to an orchid lab to be sown. I shudder to think what they would charge you for this service.
You are far better off just purchasing more mature plants.
Also, if you are not planning to send the ripe pods to an orchid lab, it is best to remove them. Ripening seeds uses a lot of the orchid's energy. If you clip the pods off, the plant can direct that energy into growth.
Nun Orchid is a page with information about much easier ways of propagating your nun orchid.