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    Here's a pic I took earlier this month of my paradoxa in bloom. It opened its first flower on 6/24/04, and is still going strong. Yesterday the 23rd flower opened and closed, but not before I hand pollinated it. I'm keeping a record of which flowers I hand pollinate, and which ones I do not. This way, I hope to determine if this species self pollinates and/or is able to produce seed without help from another clone. From a recent search, I found that this might be possible with the paradoxa... alone amongst the Petiolaris Complex.

    Two other flower stalks started to grow, but I snipped them off... in order to prevent the plant from exhausting itself.

    After I hand pollinate the flower, it closes within a minute thereabouts. I wasn't aware that it would do so that quickly.



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    what conditions do you grow your paradoxa in?

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    i'd be interested in seeds [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] (way off topic) but worth a shot
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    Equal parts peat, perlite, and silica sand. I use the tray method. The paradoxa is kept just a few inches below the fluorescent bulbs, most of the time, in my terrarium.

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    might i ask what the temps and humidity are?

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    Temps range from mid 80's during the day to 70 F at night. Humidity 40-50%. Keep in mind the hygrometer is in the front of the terrarium, while the plant is in the back; therefore, the RH near the plant is anyone's guess.

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