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I would like to buy some Bee Orchids, plants or seeds, from a legal reputable source preferably in Devon. Any suggestions. Thank you
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Orchid seeds can't easily be grown into plants - in the wild they rely on just the right soil conditions in combination with a particular species of fungus that the seed develops a symbiotic association with. In cultivation, you need sterile laboratory facilities and to grow the seeds on a nutrient-balanced agar medium. Each wild plant produces literally thousands of seeds, so a few can be carefully collected without harming the wild population. However, remember that some of our rarest species are protected by schedule 8 of the wildlife and countryside act, so even taking seeds may be illegal. Likewise, removing seeds of any plant may be illegal at many nature reserves.
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The Hardy Orchid Society organise seed growing workshops every year, and have a stock of legally collected seed available to members https://www.hardyorchidsociety.org.uk/
. They also have a fabulous journal, anyone interested in wild flowers should consider supporting them. Germinating orchid seeds requires a bit of application but is very rewarding.