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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Yep, the pods look kind of like pumpkins, 4 lobes. They turn a paper-like light tan before splitting open - almost like onion skin. They kind of split open like those paper nitpicker fortune teller things you used to make as a kid (where you put your fingers in). Pods get around 1/8 of an inch. Maybe about 12 seeds average per flower pod. The seeds turn black as they ripen and the pods split open slowly at first.

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    Oh thank you for that description! I needed that. This picture of thriving plants was from 3 years ago.... and a day before a Nep pot gave way and crashed into it. The flowers didn't produce any seeds.


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    Ben, this is in a water bath setup. The transluscent container is a green container with water and a submercible heater. Temps are in the 80's. Water evaporates quickly! 60's & 70's are bit on the cold end.


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    The B. linifora plant is now sending up its 5th flower scape and I thought the first flower pod may actually contain seeds. It's shape has changed, now looking like a miniature tan pumpkin. I decided to pull the seemingly ripe pod. It felt very dry, so I crushed it into a plastic container. There were 17 black seeds. So that was successful. I suspect that the subsequent flowers and their respective pods will have diminshing returns, perhaps none at all. So my hope now rests on these 17 seeds to perpetuate the species in my collection.

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    Flower pods 2-4 were duds, but #5 looks like it's swelling with seeds. #6 just closed up and the leaf is now horizontal. #7 will be opening soon.

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    You just don't know what you're in for. LOL. I grew mine outside in my bog last year. It flowered and spit seeds everywhere, until the cold and frost killed it off. For the soil, I just made a raised mound of sand and peat, mostly sand.








    It seemed to love it. I hope that there are enough seeds that survived the winter to sprout this spring. If not I saved plenty of seeds to grow again.

    These seem to flower and seed almost like capensis.

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    Ozzy, Thanks for the pics and guidance! Do you hand-pollinate B. liniflora? Do you do the 10% bleach solution thing? Do you store seeds for a month in the fridge, as recommended by D'Amato and Pietrapaolo?

    BTW, a radio station I listen to has recently been playing Mama I'm Coming Home & Crazy Train a lot.

    Funny to read capensis and bog in your post... reminds me of something from a few years back....

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    I didn't hand pollinate. I didn't need to, seeds were popping off like popcorn. Well not quite like popcorn but you get the idea.

    I'm sure way more seeds feel into my bog than I collected, so I guess they were refrigerated by mother nature this winter. I put the other seeds on top of my refrigerator, does that count?

    Yeah I remember that post, in just over a month it will have been 5 years ago.

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    On Top? That would be warming them!

    I wonder how many flowers this one plant will send up before it bites the dust.

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