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    In relation to pods that haven't been pollinated swelling, it does happen. I've seen a ventricosa scape where a couple of the pods had been pollinated result in just about every pod developing as if pollinated. Needless to say none of the seed obtained was viable.
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    Hamish,is there a general method to confirm if a pod was pollinated in relation to size and length?

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    Generally, if you pollinate the pods with a generous amount of pollen and it swells but also elongates you can assume it is almost certainly pollinate correctly. Generally a seed pod will elongate 2-3 times its orginal size.

    I think a big myth out there is that we must pollinate pods as soon as they are open...I've made that mistake several times and only begin to think about pollinating when the sepals fully reveal the stigma and ovary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]In relation to pods that haven't been pollinated swelling, it does happen. I've seen a ventricosa scape where a couple of the pods had been pollinated result in just about every pod developing as if pollinated. Needless to say none of the seed obtained was viable.
    Great. Here I thought that by some fluke (sneeze or something) I had successfully pollinated at least SOME flowers.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img]

    Well, at least my tentaculata (flowers just openning) turned out to me male, so I did a direct transfer of some pollen to the camp flowers that were still receptive. Let see how THIS one turns out.....
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    Yep, it's really obvious when a pod swells after pollination, you can't miss it. Pods start to lengthen not long after pollination, and once fully grown, will stay that way until they start to brown from the tip which indicates they're ready to be harvested. Unfortunately as noted, sometimes they will swell exactly as if pollinated, and you only know whether the pollination was successful or not when you harvest the seed.
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