From: Eduardo Gomes Goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.01.23 at 01:30:28(213)|
Alvim Siedel is the man of the "Orquideario Catarinense" and has been in
the business for a long time (say 40 years or more!). I think he is
already gone, but his family still take care of business. As Al Wootten
said, he have regularly advertised in the American Orchid Society Journal
since the 70's and I think he was the only Brazilian who could export
native plants for profit! I have never ordered from them and I haven't
heard from them lately (for the last 4 years) but if he still is in the
business, he is the best aroud here. You better contact them an check it on!
About raising Philos from seeds, I can share my little experience. All
seeds I already tried was very easy to germinate. You just have to keep it
moist for less than a week and the radicule sprout. Meanwhile, the
difficulty is on seed storage and long term transport. They seem to
dehydrate quickly. It also seems that seeds from subgenus Meconostigma (P.
bipinnatifidum, P. undulatum,etc) are somewhat resistent but seeds from
subgenera Philodendron and Pteromyschum are too fragile. I think that the
best way to transport and storage them is just inside the berry but it
never resisted more than a month here in Brazil. I never tried to keep the
berry in the refrigerator but a friend of mine did it and told me that he
could germinate well more than a month under refrigeration.
Hope it helps