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    D. x multifida

    Several weeks ago a hobbyist sent me a bunch of D. x multifida plants and they are now sending up flower stalks. If my understanding is correct, either I won't get seeds or of I do, the seeds would be sterile. Is that correct? Since I have several plants, can I successfully hand / cross-pollinate and get seeds and viable plants?

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    I've never heard of the hybrid D. x multifida. Are you sure you're not referring to D. binata multifida, aka D. multifida? If not, what are the parents of this hybrid?
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    D. binata multifida is the plant.

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    Ah, okay, in that case, the plants are not self-compatible, but crossing different clones will result in viable seed. Hybrids between the different binata varieties I believe still result in viable seeds as well, like 'Marston Dragon'.
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    Okay, then I'll let them flower and have a hand-pollinating party!

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    The multi forking forms apparently are self incompatible. The giant forms might be tetraploids. Sterile hybrids between the forms apparently are triploid. And thus have an incompatible chromosome number

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