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    Heli pollination 101?

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    That's a really good tutorial!

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    beautiful record mate. I love that you took the time to actually record the stages that the flower matures in. You seriously have to publish this as a article in the ICPS. It will definitely be useful to people in the future.

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    H. pulchella observations:

    Pollen release much later than that of H. tatei v. tatei.
    Anthers to the point of being very ripe, darker in color with a much drier appearance.
    Flowers #1 and #2 releasing pollen at the same time.
    I believe flower #3 is receptive, pollinated with pollen from flower #1

    Reduced humidity about a week ago when I was unable to harvest pollen from pulchella #1
    I thought maybe the humidity was excessive. It would only make sense that a relationship would exist.
    More research needs done..

    H. tatei v. tatei
    Flowers #2 and #3 ovary size seems to have stabilized. Both are an estimated 150% of flower #1

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    Cool, be sure to update when the seeds are ripe! How many seeds are usually in a flower?

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    Ant,

    I've read reports of anywhere from 4 to 100 (6 is commonly cited)... with some references stating that seed number is highly dependent on the age of the plant.
    Older plants reportedly produce a significantly higher number of seed

    However, I don't know of any controlled studies on the subject.

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    Update:

    The unpollinated tatei var. tatei ovary appeared ready to harvest. Upon opening only undeveloped ovules were found (as expected).
    Timeline appears to be about 12 weeks +/- a week or two

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