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    Well knock me over with a feather! Spike PICS now

    As I was passing through my dining room, I tossed a glance over at my CP shelf. I just caught a glimpse of something "different" out of the corner of my eye. I turned around to look and couldn't believe what I was seeing! My sad little N. ventricosa has a flower spike!!!

    Now I know its nothing exciting like a hamata or lowii or something like that, but...ITS MY VERY FIRST EVER FLOWER SPIKE!

    So...OK...now I remember seeing somewhere on here how to tell if it was male or female... something like if its round its male, kinda claw like its female? I remember seeing photos of each but I've looked and I can't find it.

    So if anyone can help me determine the sex, I'd appreciate it. And maybe I can send or receive pollen to make a cross??

    I don't know...I'm just happy I finally have had a nep to flower! Awsome! Gotta take pics tonite.
    Last edited by PlantAKiss; 02-20-2007 at 04:00 PM. Reason: ****** typing. corrected this 3 x
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    Females look elongated, like really fat grains of rice, and males are round like peas.

    Congrats! I've only had one plant flower, too. It was an N. campanulata.

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    That's scary! Coincidently, my window sill cultivated N. ventrata is doing the same thing. It's acting like a temperate CP, coming out of dormancy. I have pictures, but not yet uploaded. Whadda we do with these spikes?

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    You find someone else with a flower of the opposite sex and send them your pollen or visca versa. Then you split the seed 50/50.

    Ta-da!

    http://pollen.carnivoren.org/

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    How long did it take for your N. ventricosa to form the spike?
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    Wow!
    I bet it's a cool feeling.
    I can't wait till one of mine send up a flower stalk....even though It's gonna be a while

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    I remember the feeling. Don't forget to check out the smell, especially at dusk. I now have several males and females that bloom throughout the year. If only I could get the males and females to bloom at the same time.ww

    Female ventricosa:



    Male ventricosa:
    A day without Nepenthes is like a day without sunshine

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    Not to hijack this topic, but this is a first for me and totally unexpected. Mine looks to be a female. It has that asparagus look to it.

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