Glossodia are difficult to maintain in cultivation. Growing from seed in vitro has yielded very poor results, and plants taken from the wild usually last only a few years. This may be due to the plants' complete reliance on a symbioticfungus for nutrition. These orchids form no roots and obtain nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi. A reasonably successful solution to this has been to grow new plants in the same pot each year. This usually requires hand pollination, but it can result in a better yield.