Has anyone tried to germinate dactylorhiza seed by any method? Any luck? Suggestions? I just got Growing Hardy Orchids from Kew Books and it explains the basics of symbiotic (with fungi) and asymbiotic seed starting methods. With some work, luck and money it is a viable kitchen table activity. Years ago I did a bit of lily tissue culture at home with reasonable success so I know it's possible to keep the work area sterile enough to prevent contamination. I also have tucked away in my bomb shelter (really! Late 50's early 60's vintage) my old pressure canner and tissue culture box my Dad made. Assuming the canner still works I already have the most expensive piece of equipment. I also have dacts that can provide fresh seed this summer.
I've spent a lot of time trolling the internet the last couple of days looking for more information and am starting to formulate a plan of how to do it. I'm still not sure where to find jars, flasks or petri dishes at a reasonable price. Suggestions are welcome.