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    mexiPing's genetic relationships

    hello
    I've been growing Mexican butterworts for about 4 years now and I've had some crosses I've made grow to blooming size
    , well my first cross was P.gigantea x P. reticulata
    and the resulting baby's have turned out to be quite exciting
    one has flowers that look and smell just like P.agnata "csuf" with a curious top petals fused , looking like a rabbits ears
    makes up for loosing my U.sandersonii

    and the others look to be more of a gigantea in appearance
    it's very fascinating to see that some can take on these characteristics
    also they do not have those small singular roots , but long and deep growing roots with the side roots almost like a bottle cleaner but much longer it's really cool to find this
    comparing it to alot of other pigs who's roots are SMOOTH and short


    what have other's found while growing those and
    crossing them on your own ?
    I'd love to hear from others on the subject of crossing and the resulting hybrids

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    I have several crosses and probably the most attractive of which is P. moctezumae x kohres:



    I have also found that the crosses flower more easily than straight up species.

    What I don't have the knack for doing is actually having success with hand-pollinating. No matter how many times it is described in writing, with pictures of anatomical parts, all I end up with are butchered flowers. I basically need someone in person, to train me!

    http://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m...006/?start=all

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    awe
    it's quite easy
    what would be best is a flat tooth pick colored black with a permi marker , and a magnifying glass
    just shove it in but hold a flash light or up to light so you can see the toothpick going in the flower from the side
    when you pull it out lift up so as to scrape any pollen
    and look with your magnifier
    there will be pinhead size pollen grains left over
    you want to look as closely as possible at the flower to find the ovary
    and place the pollen there
    it should be removed if you put it on the right spot
    and you'll have a successful pollination

    also dissecting a flower might orientate you on where exactly the proper pollen and ovary parts are located
    Last edited by ilovebutterwo; 10-09-2007 at 09:00 AM. Reason: more info

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    I have both pieces of equipment but am not sure where the correct spot is. Guess I'll have to some experimenting. How long after a flower opens up is the pollen viable?

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    not sure
    but i'll be saving some more soon
    to find out

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    BTW, do you have a gowlist?

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