Just for the record;
The first heliamphora minor var pilosa flower has been pollinated, 5 minutes ago, for the second time, with h.minor var minor pollen. The pollen was frozen since last summer.
(By the way, no need fancy methods, just put the pollen in a saucer, in a ziploc bag, in the freezer).
The h.minor var pilosa stigma tip is already brown; thats mean its successful. I will keep adding pollen for the next few days, to be 100% sure. This will mimic whats happen in the wild with bubble bees.
Of course, the first flower will gives heliamphora minor var pilosa X heliamphora minor var minor seeds, but the main exercice here is to collect h.minor var pilosa pure seeds. So i will collect the golden pilosa pollen on the first flower, when the anthers will be ready and dry enough. The next pilosa's flowers will be pollinated with pilosa pure pollen.
Time will tell
Last edited by Maiden; 08-12-2015 at 05:25 PM.
Good luck! The pilosa form definitely needs to become more common, and I'd love to get my hands on one someday...
Everything has a reason, whether big or small. Never underestimate the power of what is or is not.
There is far more to everything than meets the eye.
Good job maiden. Nice photo thread.
Hopefully I get flowers soon for pollen to send.
The horned heli came around fast. Looks great.
Better than I anticipated!
Still working on a true pilosa. Wistubas never has them in stock anymore.
Last edited by Rookie grower; 08-12-2015 at 07:22 PM.
Thanks guys !
Yes my lil red mambo start to look very nice, very elegant and unique. Im quite happy :-)
Heliamphora minor var pilosa
The pilosa anthers has been collected this morning, i have 17 for the first flower. I will let them dry for the next few days and i will extract the golden pollen
Edit: both flowers gave me 17 anthers.
Last edited by Maiden; 09-11-2015 at 10:21 PM.
The ovary start to get bigger! Im VERY pleased
I got 2 flowers on my pilosa clone A; both ovaries get bigger. The first one will be h.minor var pilosa x h.minor var minor seeds, and the second one pure h.minor var pilosa seeds. Hope the pilosa will have major influence in the crosses, i still have a lot of pilosa pollen and growing flowers hamps from pulchella[akopan, amuri], parva, hispida and ceracea.
Just cant wait!
wOOt wOOt :-)
Last edited by Maiden; 09-11-2015 at 10:31 PM.
I have a pretty dumb..errr..random question for you about heli's.. I was wondering when the pitchers die off how Do You remove the old brown pitchers from the rest of the living pitchers without disturbing the emerging new growth? I have a heliamphora minor (i beleive..or H. Heterodoxa minor) and it has some old yucky pitchers in the middle of the plant and its pushing all the new growth to the sides leaving the middle bare and ugly, do u have a special way of removing that yuck or do u just snip it and cover it with medium so u cant see it? Cause its not very attractive and since yr plants are beautiful thought id ask sorry to hijack ur thread with the question u can PM me if you don't wanna answer in here and clog up the thread with my off topic questions. Thanx in advance
In fact, i often let the dead pitchers on the plant, simply because i like the 'in situ' (natural) look. I just remove them before snapping pictures
If you want to remove them, wait till they are totally dryed, and just cut at the base of the pitcher. Heli's pitchers dry out completely, no green left at the base, so no worry about hurting the plant.
I hope this help a bit !