ORCHIDS: Starting Your Own Hybrids

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Start with a plan, learn the mechanics of pollenization, remov ing the pod, flasking, etc., all briefly noted. OD87-61
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