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    Heli pollen help!

    This is my 3rd attempt to get Heli pollen but it still eludes me. What am I doing wrong? I really need Heli pollen!!!


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    ummmm, here are my techniqques.
    (pay particular attention to the enviormental comment about humidity)

    Harvesting Heliamphora Pollen
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 09-22-2016 at 09:02 AM.

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    Thanks butch. After drying for 2 days I was able to get alittle pollen out of the flower yesterday.

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    jcal,

    it looks too ripe as well....probably several days past prime
    I think if you get your humidity more favorable and timing down, you will solve your issues.

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    Rather glad this thread appeared as both my H. nutans and heterodoxa x minor are preparing to flower, and the last time the nutans bloomed I failed to get pollen.
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    I think I let my first flower go too long before attempting to extract pollen as well. I gather that the anthers need to turn yellow, but not as far as orange, when extracting pollen. Can it be done repeatedly if you don't remove the anthers from the flower?

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    I thought I had caught this flower early. I waited until right after they went from green to yellow. Next time I will try to harvest earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimbulan View Post
    I think I let my first flower go too long before attempting to extract pollen as well. I gather that the anthers need to turn yellow, but not as far as orange, when extracting pollen. Can it be done repeatedly if you don't remove the anthers from the flower?
    after you have success once its a no-brainer.
    by not cutting the flower there is no harm in trying early and repeatedly until you get pollen
    (as a learning technique anyways)

    Compare the two pics, the one of jcals and the one of mine (fig. 3) on my webpage.
    The pollen you see harvested on my webpage was from that exact flower.
    (images were taken withing minutes of each other)

    when the anthers are more cinnamon like in color and no longer form a conical shape, that is over ripe.

    if you still have no luck, then excessive humidity is the next variable to look at
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 09-24-2016 at 11:30 AM.

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    These are anthers from my het x ionasi that I've been drying out since yesterday. I removed the anthers when they were a nice banana yellow color. Since drying, they've darkened a bit.
    Anyhow, I was never able to get the pollen to release while the anthers were still on the flower (requires too much coordination) so that's why I remove mine. But when you remove them, you have to make sure the "right" end is pointing downward since the pollen only releases out of the end that was attached to the filaments. Hope this makes sense, I have a terrible time explaining stuff haha!
    Heli pollen help!-dsc03571-jpg

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    ok,
    I believe I successfully pollinated a flower!!! Do the flowers behave differently after they have accepted pollen? The flower seemed to open up more than usual a few days after I pollinated it...or is that just in my head?

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