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Has anyone had success growing Ophrys apifera from seed?

MoviebabeMoviebabe Posts: 26
I read that wild bee orchid likes a certain kind of moss or fungi which has to penetrate the seed to propagate. We have them growing wild nearby so I'm hopeful. I was thinking of taking some soil from our garden and trying them in that. Any ideas gratefully received. Tk u


  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    I have early purple orchids self seeding in my garden, they grow where they choose. It would be very difficult to get seed as it is dust like. Many orchids need a symbiotic relationship with a fungus. But if it grows locally  and your garden has a suitable site  then it might turn up. Be careful when you are weeding.
  • MoviebabeMoviebabe Posts: 26
    Tks Kate. I'll watch them carefully.  :)
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720
    You've got to have the right soil. Even buying in plants in pots and putting them in my garden ,meant they died after the first year.
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