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    I've been removing unfertilized flowers on my D. paradoxa plants since July (just before the original post) and have seen no negative impact on the plants. The fertilized pods are filled with seed and both plants keep flowering and sending out more leaves and scapes.
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    Just a thought, but wouldn't that slow down the drain on plant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (jimscott @ Sep. 24 2005,6:16)]Just a thought, but wouldn't that slow down the drain on plant?
    Possibly, but if you think about the unfertilized flowers from the plant's perspective - they're pretty useless material. The plant puts a lot of energy into getting the flower to bloom and get pollinated. If it fails in its mission, the plant minimizes any further energy expenditures and just lets the unfertilized flower wither away. I'm just speeding up the process a little. As chloroplast mentioned, I am opening up the plant to potential infection, damage, etc. However, based on my initial results (5+ scapes), the risk / reward for removing the spent flowers is definitely worth it for me (cuts down on seed harvesting time by a significant amount).
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    I'm one who as analogy for just about everything and this sounds far too similar to something else in human physiology! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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