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Thread: Yeah! Finally!!! Pinguicula caerulea flowering, need pollinating advice.

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    When you look into the "throat" of the flower, from the front, above the fuzzy part, that looks like colored hairs, is the upper surface of the stigma. The upper surface is the one that is receptive to pollen (when it is ready, pollen will adhere there and grow down through the pistil and into the ovary where the ova can then be fertilized and develop into seeds).

    Here is a photo showing this hairy appendage (or beard) and the stigma above and behind it --> the pollen, anthers and stamen are behind/beneath this stigma flap.


    If you tear off the corolla lobe containing the beard, the spur, attached behind the beard will also be torn away. This will also expose everything necessary to easily complete the mission of pollinating or self-pollinating the flower.
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    I believe it's the stigma that Wickedthistle refers to as the, 'landing pad".

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    Even though I don't like uploading photos, I'll do it anyway:





    I must say this flower is the best NA SE P. flower I have seen yet--aside from photos such as Joseph Clemens's.

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    I have a caerulea with a white fuzzy thing like in yours and another that had a yellow fuzzy thing in it an guess why? the petals looked the same and where the same shade
    Every seed that you plant ,doesn't sprout.
    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flytraplady5 View Post
    I have a caerulea with a white fuzzy thing like in yours and another that had a yellow fuzzy thing in it an guess why? the petals looked the same and where the same shade
    Odd! That's what's cool about genetically different plants. Why I hate 10 clones of the same thing in a collection, besides the fact that seed production isn't that great

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    I crossed both plants today. Thank you Joseph for the tip about leaving the top two petals and tearing the rest off...it effectively splits the flower in half, exposing everything.

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    Nice! P. caerulea, P. lutea, and the other North american butterworts are supposedly some of the more difficult ones to care for.
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    Congrats on the crossin
    Can't wait to see the results
    Every seed that you plant ,doesn't sprout.
    Every seed that sprouts, doesn't make it to maturity.
    Every cutting that you stick doesn't grow roots.
    Every cutting that roots doesn't grow to a small plant.
    Every small plant doesn't reach maturity.


    Who needs speelcheck?

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