Proud native...

I'm a proud native of the Everglades and I don't plan to ever leave! I love it out here. Moving to California would had been the easy way. I wanted to take the road less traveled. I wanted to do the things that maybe no one else has been foolish enough to attempt. And maybe in the process, be lucky enough to find a stepping stone that somebody else could build upon after I'm gone. Many times when we are successful in getting viable seed, we will still get only 25 or 30 plants out of the entire cross, sometimes only a few clones.


We have a history...

Over the years, we have attempted well over 15,000 hybrids. From that, we've obtained about 3,000 pods. That means that 20% of the pods did take. Of those 3,000 pods, the majority of them did not produce viable seeds. I believe we have named 504 hybrids out of those 3,000 pods. With this type of hybridizing within the Oncidiinae, you run into sterility barriers due to the different groups and genera. Sometimes they simply won't match up - and then if you do get something, it's often a mule - you can't go any further with it. So you have to make a lot of hybrids to find a few that are successful -- those that will give you a good plant and allow further hybridization.