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Cultivo de Orquídeas por Semillas

Growing Orchids from Seed - Spanish-language Edition

Originally published in English, Cultivo de Orquídeas por Semillas (Growing Orchids from Seed) contains all you need to know to become an expert. Throughout the book there are step by- step coloured drawings and photographs to teach you how to grow orchids confidently, successfully and professionally. Cultivo de Orquídeas por Semillas is written for both the amateur and the professional, without access to sophisticated laboratory equipment and chemicals.

96 pages | 100 color plates | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents


Obtaining orchid seed
   The structure of orchid flowers
   Sources of seed

Harvesting and storing seed
   Harvesting seed
   Collecting and cleaning seed
   Orchid seed in the post
   Record keeping
   Assessing seed quality
   Seed storage
   Pollen storage

Culture media
   Selection of media
   Making up and storing media

Getting ready to sow the seed
   Setting up a clean area
   Safe disposal of materials
   Working in a laminar flow bench or a sterile-handling cabinet

Seed sowing and germination
   Choosing your options
   Green pod method
   Disinfection of seed
   Packet method
   Tube method incorporating sintered-glass disc
   Test tube method
   Filter paper & funnel method
   Syringe method
   Care of flasks: light & temperature
   Transplanting to fresh medium
   De-flasking seedlings
   Aftercare of seedlings

Problem solving

Appendix 1: useful addresses
Appendix 2: green capsule harvest times
Appendix 3: media notes
Appendix 4: a simple hood
Appendix 5: seedling composts
Further reading 

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