Walking through my Green House I spot a newly opened flower, I'm able recognize it as a relative of mine. Could be my Lovely Wife, one of my Wonderful Parents or perhaps a Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or Grandchild.
As I behold its beauty, I also think of the person for which it is named and it brings me happiness. This is one of the rewards of Hybridizing.
Not long after taking an 'Orchids 101' class, I began to experiment with making crosses of my own, using the best Vandaceous plants in my collection. Because the process of transferring pollen from one plant to another is very easily done, particularly in the Vandaceous group, I made a dozen or so crosses. To my surprise most of them produced nice healthy seed pods.
Now, some ten years later, I have made several hundred crosses, of these about twenty five have been Named and Registered with the 'Royal Horticultural Society' in England . They have become part of what is known as Sander's List of Orchid Hybrids. This list has been maintained from its beginning in the Nineteenth Century.
It contains over One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Crosses. So come on, get on the band wagon and try making some Hybrids of your own! I'm sure some of our Club Members will be glad to show you how to get started and answer any questions that you may have. Some of the most outstanding Hybrids have come from creations made by back yard Growers like you.
Remember, the cross must be 'Original' never before placed on Sanders List. You can
find out if the cross you are contemplating is a first by checking the ''Wildcatt Data Base,'
a CD ROM that contains most of the Orchids listed in 'Sanders.' If you can't access this
data, feel free to contact the East Everglades Orchid Society through our Ask an Orchid Question form.
Wishing you the very best growing.
and join us as we explore this wonderful group of plants.