First bloom seedling of Clowesia warczewitzii with two spikes. Wonderful, citrusy aroma. Blooming on leafless pseudobulbs, as is normal for all winter blooming Clowesias. Surprisingly, thrips have not noticed this plant, even with the strong fragrance. Pollinia was gathered and stored for future use.
From aos.org there was a question and answer on storing pollen. Here’s the reply by Ned Nash.
For pollinia, you can remove the pollen, wrap in clean paper and store in a cool dry place. It may keep for at least a year.
If stored for longer then the use of a desiccant is helpful. Pollen has been described as stored (for several years) in a stoppered test tube with desiccant in the bottom held in by cotton.
These orchids and other Catasetums will drop leaves in the late fall and through the winter months and benefit from a long rest until about march or early April when new shoots will appear. From Fred Clark of SVO Orchids we are now gaining experience growing them with plans to start watering and fertilizing when the new roots are about 3 inches long but not before. The plants will live off and grow from energy stored in the very large round pseudobulbs. If plants don’t start to wrinkle up, minimal watering is OK. Over watering when the plant is resting will risk rotting.
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