In the photos to the left and below, you can see a Paph fowliei pod that was pollinated a bit less than 4 months ago.

The pod has begun to swell, and the bloom has dried but not fallen off.

I used a hanging label to store my pollination information, but you can use masking tape or anything else that you can get to stick.

Development time for seed pods is very dependent upon the species. Some species (especially larger ones) develop quickly, in only about 3 months. Other species may take a full year or more.

So I have a seed pod..... now what?

There are two different harvesting techniques that are usually used with orchids: green-pod and dry-pod. If you're a novice, I suggest allowing your pod to mature, dry, and split open, and then sending it out to one of the labs that will flask it for you for free! Troy Meyers will do it for species, and I may offer the service in the future. See Troy's page for information about seed preparation for shipping.

If you're going to try flasking yourself, you'll need more information than I can offer here. You may want to try the Orchid Seedbank Project, or any of the Orchid Books that provide flasking sections. Good luck!