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    Dang it...I think mine is male. Thank you for the pics Steve! That helps.

    I don't know how long it took to form the spike because I didn't even see it. (Things have been a little hectic lately). I'm usually just zooming through the dining room on my way to other things.

    It has not entirely developed. I'll try and take some pics tonite.

    Congrats Jim!

    Well at some point I should have pollen if anyone is interested in ventricosa pollen.

    WOOHOOOO!
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    For some reason the lyrics of, "Brand New Key" are going through my head, only with respect to your male plant and what possible may be my female plant.

    So... how does one go about collecting pollen and how does one recognize when the pollen is available for the taking? And how does one ship it?

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    wait a few days after the male flowers open (aprrox 3)
    hold a piece of aluminum foil under the spike and shake it so the pollen falls ont he foil
    fold the foil up
    put in padded envelope
    send


    wait about a week after female flowers open
    dip small paintbrush in pollen
    dust on female flowers
    wait
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    I tried this once before with no success but I think its all worked out now.

    Here is a pic of the N. ventricosa with spike (it IS male by the way):



    Its not a terribly large spike...but...size doesn't matter right?


    Closer view.




    Close up view of the buds.


    So...a few questions.

    How will these flower open? Will the bottom-most buds open before the entire spike has fully formed? Or will they all mature and open at the same time? About how long does it take the spike to mature fully?

    How long does pollen keep if refrigerated?

    I'm just amazed. I had a nep make a spike! Poor lil' fella is somewhat neglected but I do plan to work on him this weekend.
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    Awsome!! congrats!

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    Its not a terribly large spike...but...size doesn't matter right?
    LMAO!!!

    How will these flower open? Will the bottom-most buds open before the entire spike has fully formed? Or will they all mature and open at the same time? About how long does it take the spike to mature fully?
    They open from the bottom up - I think the "ripening" time is different from species to species. My spike looks to be at about the same point yours is......but mine's bigger'n yers!
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    LOL Get out yer tape measure! :P

    So...if you need to wait about 3 days after the buds open, then you would be collecting pollen over a period of time as the flowers open up the spike?
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