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    Hello, my D.dilatato-petiolaris is finally going to bloom. Is it possible to obtain seed by self-pollinating the flowers?

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    Most of the Petiolaris species are self sterile if they are of the same clone. I would make the attempt if the plants were grown from seed: you might get lucky.

    Congratulations on the flowering!
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    Thanks for the info Tamlin. I will wait for a second plant to start blooming then.

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    Don't forget though that in living things there are rarely any absolutes.

    I am attempting to self-pollinate as well as cross-pollinate my own Drosera dilatatopetiolaris plants which I managed to grow 3 individuals to blooming size from seed. However, they shared only two occassions when they each had a flower open at the same time affording an easy attempt to cross-pollinate.

    Perhaps none of the flowers I self-pollinated will set viable seed or maybe the few that were cross-pollinated. Perhaps some will set seed, perhaps not. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." I can almost be sure that if I had not made the attempt to pollinate them at all that there would be nearly zero chance of them producing any seed whatsoever. Now that I have self-pollinated most of these flowers, perhaps I will have eventually produced a few viable seed. Time and careful harvesting will tell.

    Bottom line: Don't give up without a fight.

    If I had listened to what was written in books about VFTs not being able to set viable seed from self-pollination I might not have been able to produce my own as early as I did (only had one plant at the time) and wouldn't have had the wonderful experience of germinating my own VFT seed and growing them to blooming size.




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    Interesting thoughts PinguiculaMan, i will give it a try and let you know if i get somegthing.

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    If you do get seeds I hear that you can greatly increase germination by putting them in a paper bag,and place them in front of your heater in your house for a whole winter.
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    I mean paper ENVELOPE![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I have some seed received in trade from Tamlin, tentatively identified as Drosera dilatatopetiolaris. It was mixed with fine sand to facilitate sowing. Tamlin said its identification was uncertain. I planted some a few weeks ago, here they are now, looks like they might be the real thing:



    Photo of seed at 200X magnification:

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