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Thread: Flower Count '08

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    they flower before they pitcher. so if you already have pitchers...then no flower.

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    Sarracenia oreophila usually flowers at the same time as the pitchers open (I assume because it has to get everything done in spring before the soil dries out).

    Sarracenia psittacina tends to flower late, after some pitcher growth, but the flowers are too far away from the pitchers to cause any problems.

    And S. minor flowers after the pitchers have opened for some reason!

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    Took a quick count today... I am at 127 flower buds right now. Probably will have more in the near future, not all of them are budding at the moment.

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    Do the flowers self pollenate themselves?

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    No, Sarracenia flowers are structured so that self-pollination is not likely to occur. They are even designed to prevent insects pollinating from the same flower.

    "Self" pollinated Sarracenia generally produce weak seed sets and less vigorous offspring.

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    "Self" pollinated Sarracenia generally produce weak seed sets and less vigorous offspring.
    I have never noticed this. Where is this info from?
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    I have read that same information previously. The last time I read it was on this site, if I remember correctly. Look in the articles section for an article about pollinating Sarracenia flowers by Brooks Garcia. I *think* it was in there.

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    Ok I read carefully through Brooks article on the forum and this is the only reference I found about "selfing" goes like this:

    Reportedly, Sarracenias do not "self" very well for some reason but with multiple applications of pollen you should get good seed set.
    Reportedly.

    Granted, I am no breeder and have minimal observation on the subject, but from what I have seen there is no lack of seed production or viabilty of seeds after selfing.

    Does anyone have any real observations to back up the claim that selfed plants do not set seed well or have strong offspring?
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