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Thread: N. truncata LL coming into bloom

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    Not Growing Up! GrowinOld's Avatar
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    Oohhhh, Nice Plant there Yann!
    Good Growin'!

    As far as pollen is concerned, I would recommend using what you can, as a small chance is better than no chance, and there are always exceptions to the rule. Besides these are plants we are dealing with, and predicting exactly how long pollen is viable is not an exact science.
    I have done things over the years that wasn't recommended or "wouldn't work", only to discover that what people thought wasn't possible... is!

    So using old pollen, cold pollen, or even ancient pollen is better than no pollen!
    Also, one thing that people do know often works, is that if you need to slow down the flowering or extend the bloom time, is to keep the temps a bit at the lower end of the plants likes.
    On the reverse, if you need to speed it up a bit, try keeping the plant a bit on the warm side. (Don't go to extremes, but we do this with other plants all the time, to speed up blooming, or else to slow down & extend bloom time.)
    If dealing with old pollen, try taking a portion of it & re-hydrate it a bit with distilled water, or even other "things". Something at all is better than of just letting the flowers die away with no "romance" at all!
    When you live long enough to see that new ways are always replacing the old, and new ideas, methods and procedures are always becoming the newest "right" way of doing things... then you realize that there are no real "definite", 'set in stone' ways of doing things. We won't know what is possible unless we are open to trying what shouldn't work.

    There was a time when people didn't understand that VFT's & other temperate CP's needed dormancy & that it could be accomplished successfully even if you didn't live in their natural area. To think of growing them outdoors was looked at as foolish by many growers, but indeed this is now common place. Just as that the world in not in fact....flat!

    I do hope you get a worthy mate for this nice plant.
    Don't give up and be sure to keep posting for their "arranged marriage" until you get the right companion for it!
    Good luck and keep us all posted on your results.

    Paul

    PS: Good to see you are still doing amazing things in the hobby!
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    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    Wow, that's really beautiful! You should enter it into the Pitcher of the Month contest.
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    Thanks again guys!
    Paul, growing a plant or two doesn't compare to what you and several other like Av have come up with design wise to cater to an entire genus! I just enjoy seeing the plants as much as you guys do haha

    I got to thinking that certainly some of the outdoor CA growers out there ought to have something in bloom this time of year. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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    have a N. maxima female starting to bloom as well as a male ventricosa red tip cutting starting as well.

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    OOOH. Fantastic Nep! I have a giant N x leessii in my office at work that keeps flowering and I keep pruning it because it quickly jumps to a 10' vine. Hope you find pollination. If so I'll trade you for seed. I'll keep watching mine as it generally sends up new ones every 6 months fast. Sweet plant! wish you luck!
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    Looks like it's going to be a boy:



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    Time to find a little girl for an arranged marriage!
    Or at least a date!
    Good luck!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


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    my female N. maxima


    Might be a little ahead. But it has been cool outside and it is seeming like this flower stalk is taking forever to grow

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