Thanks for sharing the photos, Marc. Well done!! I hope the clone I have turns out to be fairly hirsute...
Marc: WOWW !!
Hope my lil pilosa will be like that in a near future !!
Thanks for sharing that !
Guys did you saw the new pilosa pictures from brad wilson on flickr ? He is up there right now and he post pictures from there. Its just amazing.
oh cool, can ya post a link maiden...
Last edited by Maiden; 12-20-2013 at 12:09 PM.
Butch, i dont remember, what is the RH% for your heli setup ?
maiden, typically varies between 80-100%
It sort of depends on placement and light cycle...
If I'm wanting to harvest pollen or pollinate flowers I will reduce it to about 70%
Excessive humidity inhibits pollen release and causes the flowers of some species to have difficulty in opening (petals get gooey and stick together)
In-situ flowering occurs during the drier parts of the year
Realizing this was one of the "ah-ha" moments
I also believe that excessive drying of the seeds kills them, but it is only a hunch at this point
I have seen fresh seed that was dried excessively become non viable, while older seed that was kept sealed to prevent moisture loss remain viable for extended periods
thanks for the link, sweet pics.... wish I was there too :-)
Last edited by Av8tor1; 12-24-2013 at 05:56 PM.
I keep my helis collection at 95%, 23C at pitchers level and 18C at roots level the days, and nights at 10C pitchers/roots. I think keeping the roots always cool even in the day help a lot. My plants flower all the time and the flowers are always wide open.
But what you said is very true because the flowers always reach the top of the terras and are dryed by the t5 tubes (.5 inches under the light).
Also, i add blue light spectrum(2700k) to my setup, this help light going through this massive relative humidity. I get much better results and coloration, even on the flowers.
To tell the truth, i never tryed to get seeds, because the plants grow so fast and divide themself very fast, all the time. I have hard time keeping a heli in the same pot for more than a year. And also its a lil complicated as i can read. But im still learning with this wonderfull genus, and i dont have your experience. But i think i get better each day
Its species specific, some species have nectar glands on the petals themselves...
In high humidity, petal nectar production becomes excessive and the flower fails to open correctly.
pollination and seed production is actually very easy, just a matter of timing and having viable pollen.
I see. I dont think i have these species. So in hight humidity, you have to open the petals with your fingers?
I will try crossing some species next summer, but ive hear that germination rate is quite low.
Last edited by Maiden; 12-26-2013 at 09:16 PM.