I'm selectively fertilizing my plants and then covering them to protect from accidental pollination, but is there a certain stage of development where the stigma becomes receptive? I want to make sure that it's going to be able to be fertilized, but that typically means pollinating before the flower completely unfurls and I want to make sure it's receptive.
that's a good question D(anny)powell, and the answer is kinda nebulous/dynamic, so here's my advice:start pollinating the day you see the petals open, and then do a second pollination maybe 2-3 days later. If it's hot outside, then the second pollination should be done 1-2 days later, as the stigmas seem to be receptive for shorter amounts of time under warmer conditions. I've lucked out and pollinated flowers very late in the game and still got good seed set, but most of the times, that doesn't work well.
Anyways, The reason for the second pollination is that sometimes, you might get there too early and the stigma may not be "sticky enough" for the pollen to catch. In other words, that pollen might fall off the stigma if you pollinate too early, so the second attempt will almost guarantee your pollen will stay on the stigma.
Equally important question, how do I know the pollen is still good? If the pollen looks like miniature rabbit pellets, that means it just dropped out of the stamens, that stuff is the best! It usually shows up 2-3 days after the petals dropped and the flower opens. Fresh pollen will stick to your fingers very easily. On the other hand, old pollen that may have lost viability won't stick to your hand if you try to swab some from the up-side-down "umbrella" (flower). If you have a hard time scraping it out with your fingers, chances are, it's not good anymore.
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5