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    Question Successful Pollination

    Hi everyone! Is there anything to look for to let me know that I successfully pollinated a sarracenia flower? Thanks in advance!

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    If you succeeded in pollinating it, the petals will drop off and most of the time the flower will tilt sideways, the sepals flaring outward. After a few weeks to a month, there will be noticeable swelling of the ovary.
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    Okay but what if it was unsuccessful? Would there be a difference? Thanks!

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    no, the flower would look the same and eventually die, as if you never tried to pollinate it. swelling means pollinated, no swelling after a couple weeks means it didn't work. I like to personally attempt to pollinate a flower multiple times over a day with the same q-tip so i can try and be sure the flower gets pollinated. If you are successful, your flower should look something like this... http://www.rayandtrish.com/Pollinate...rtilizedRS.jpg

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    Thanks! I'll post some pics tomorrow but I think I pollinated them.

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    Trust me...a swollen ovary does not always mean success. I have cracked open many swollen ovaries in the fall only to find an empty casing. It is true however that if it doesn't swell, it was not successful. Pollenating over the course of one day does not guarantee success since the stigmas may not be receptive on that day. Pollenating over the course of several days usually guarantees success since the stigmas are usually receptive for only a few days depending on the weather (at least in my experience).

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    I agree with Fred. Sometimes you will even see small brown bodies in the ovaries too, but these seeds are sterile and are about 1/4 the size of an actual seed. You just won't know until you open it. I posted a picture (I can't seem to find it) of an actual pollinated, viable seed compared to a sterile body.
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    Thank you Fred and Brokken!

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