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    See? I told ya so.

    Actually, I cheated, I have a ventricosa that looks just like that, and is female, so I'm assuming they are the same clone.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    I've got a red vent male that is about to open up 2 flower stalks...
    Everything has a reason, whether big or small. Never underestimate the power of what is or is not.
    There is far more to everything than meets the eye.
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    Just collected the pollen of the kampotiana x (khasiana x alata) for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    Just collected the pollen of the kampotiana x (khasiana x alata) for you.
    Thanks Graham, that would be great! I'll probably take pollen from a few people (if willing) and pollinate different flowers with different pollen to ensure that at least some of them are successful.

    Anyone with more pollen trading experience have comments on the viablility of pollen sent by mail?...
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    Here's some pics of the flower spike. It IS female, right?

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    With glabrata vine behind it:
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    Bad picture of a developing upper pitcher... I didn't feel like pushing asside all the leaves:
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    Given that the flower only popped out a couple days ago, how long should I expect before flowers start opening?
    I will try to solidify pollen trades with several of you in the next day or so, but I'm really busy with other stuff right now too, so please have a little patience. I'm definately interested in the spectabilis pollen, Whimgrinder's offer, and Graham's offer, and maybe want to make some pure ventricosa seed too, so we'll see.
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    That definitely looks to be a female, congrats!

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    Flowers may start opening, depending on conditions, within 1-3 weeks.
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    I looked up some info on pollen collection and storage, and pollen viability.

    The most concrete information I found was from a CPN article in March 2006, publishing results of experiments on pollen viability in different conditions. The results found that:

    1)Pollen harvested at night was much more viable than pollen harvested during the day.

    2)The pollen required light to germinate

    3)Viability dropped off very quickly at room temperature/humidity, and was virtually nil by the 8th day.

    4)Viability dropped off quickly for pollen stored in water, regardless of whether it was stored at room temperature, 3C, or -18C.

    5)Pollen which was dried with a desiccant and stored at -18C for 10 months had a 40% germination rate.

    6)Pollen kept at -196C for 20 hours and pollen kept at -80C for over a month showed no reduction in germination rate."

    The message being, collect pollen at night if possible, get it dry as quickly as possible (using a desicant such as silica gel packets, or dry uncooked rice), and then keep it cold.

    Here's a couple more links on the subject I found as well:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...penthes-Pollen

    http://www.petpitcher.com/nepenthes/pollen-collecting/

    http://pitcherplants.proboards.com/i...nt&thread=7495
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