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    Any Harm in Letting a S. Leucophylla "Tarnok" Flower in Fall?

    I have two Tarnoks, and one seems to be doing a lot better than the other. The healthier one with bigger pitchers has a flower stalk. It's so tall and I've been thinking it was going to start to open for a week now. It keeps getting closer and closer. It's dipped into the upper 30s here at nights, and I'm wondering if letting it bloom this late in the year is a bad idea. It should be getting ready for dormancy, no?
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    At this point, it's pretty much used all of the energy it's going to, to create the flower. Might as well enjoy it, at least for a little while. I always let my fall flowers open, but I cut them off after a couple of days. Never had any problems.

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    I would cut it off and allow the plant to have a dormancy. In the spring, it will likely flower.

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    Flowers are just specialized leaves so energy consumption isn't that great. Pollen and seed production might be a different matter but since 'Tarnok' is for essentially infertile what's the worry? I don't think it even produces pollen.
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    I googled Tarnok flower stalks in Fall to see about this, because I saw my Tarnok putting up flower stalks now, and I see I had the same question 2 years ago! I'll be darned, I don't remember that at all! I might nip it in the bud, though, because they have to come inside soon, and the space is so limited that I may not even have room for pitchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Flowers are just specialized leaves so energy consumption isn't that great. Pollen and seed production might be a different matter but since 'Tarnok' is for essentially infertile what's the worry? I don't think it even produces pollen.
    One of my Tarnok flowers produced a seed pod this year with about 10 seed in it. I will find out if these seed are viable in spring. I swirled a small paint brush full of pollen from S. rubra up into the mess of deformed flower several times on successive days.

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    hey any luck with those seeds? I was looking for threads about tarnok being fertile or not because i want to cross it with another plant this spring

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