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Thread: I am the WORST pollinator

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    Right. So last time I tried to pollinate my campanulata I failed. Chalked it up to inexperience.

    This time I tried again, and also my truncata x ventricosa. Three different pollen donors, the whole schpiel.

    NONE of the flowers I pollinated are expanding.....however, two that I DIDN'T are..... WTF?!?

    So I have no idea which pollen wafted up to those blooms (could have been campanulata, gublers hybrid OR spectabalis x spathulata pollen)....

    I just don't get it.
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    Yeah, I didn't have success this year either, but I had trouble getting enough viable pollen in the mail. Maybe campy is more particular with who she mates with. Also the more complex hybrid you get the tougher it is to get viable seed and some hybrids are sterile.
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    Schloaty-

    I have found that if you pollinate campanulata flowers when they are 70%-80% open, you get the best success. Don't know why, it's just happened that way for me. In the many years I've grown this plant it would appear that the female blooms have a very short fertility period. I took a chance and pollinated them when they were almost fully open, maybe 75%, and the stigma was glossy green and it worked like a charm.

    I always feel that at this stage in the game anything is worth a try.

    Good luck.

    Phil

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    Hey Phil & Steve,

    I guess I should have been a little more specific...the two (maybe three it looks like as of today, go figure) that are swelling are on the truncata x ventricosa, not the camp.

    Here's a dumb question - I pollinated the tip of the female flowers....should I have also spread pollen all the way down the ..... er..... shaft?
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    naw, to be the worst you would have to get in line behind me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    I may need a trip to the fertility clinic...hehe

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    Just the tip, when it is sticky.
    A day without Nepenthes is like a day without sunshine

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    haha today i tried to pollinate some flowers on my moms valentines boquet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . i tried it on tulips, iris, and some other orange and yellow streaked ones. i gotta see what happens [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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    I will post now a new topic with my own pics..let's see if someone come to help us!

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