Since my ex and I broke up a few months ago I’ll admit that I was hesitant to go to greenhouses. We used to always go together and I’ve been afraid that it would bring back memories and just make me sad. Today was the first warm day we’ve had in a while, however, and I just got an urge to go. Yeah, I felt some bittersweet feelings, but overall I’m so glad to be visiting cute little plants again. 

Pollinating an orchid flower

This species of orchid is called Jumellea comorensis. Today I will attempt to pollinate it with pollen from an Aerangis fastuosa. The chance it will work is low, but its always fun to give it a try!

Here is the pollen from the Aerangis fastuosa. Orchids, rather than having powdery pollen, have waxy clumps called pollinia. The two yellow bits below the penny are the pollinia.

To successfully pollinate the flower, you have to get the pollinia into the opening on the middle green part of the flower. This green part is called the column of the orchid and inside the opening is the stigma. The stigma is sticky and placing the pollen inside is easy with a toothpick. If it was placed correctly, results of if the pollination was successful will be apparent in a few days!