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I am trying to get seeds from a certain orchid (Lady slipper) I have. Are they self fertile? What would be the best way to pollinate them?
The genus is Cypripedium

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Yes, most Cypripedium are self-fertile, but pollination is tricky and requires special equipment. Germinating and growing is also a long and slow process. Probably starting new plants from divisions or buying new ones would be more satisfactory.

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    Thank you, the success of the process is what satisfy me :-) Any way, after some of my flowers fell, I see the fruit is staying (2 out of 10) does it mean it was pollinated, or just a chance? – Itay Moav -Malimovka Jan 9 '12 at 13:52
  • If the fruit is staying, then there was pollination. – J. Musser Jan 10 '12 at 2:07

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