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    Need input on crossing speckled gracilis

    So I lucked out and my heavily speckled seed grown gracilis turned out to be female.

    The bloom is pretty small, even for gracilis:



    The pitcher:




    I have 4 males flowering right now and I think the most interesting cross would be with fusca 'Sarawak'. Here is an old pic:



    The only problem is fusca is taking its sweet time opening (looks like it could be another 3 days) and the gracilis bloom has been open for 2 days now. My first question is: does anyone know how long female flowers stay receptive?

    My other 3 choices are:

    generic looking seed grown hybrid #2 (I'm not that fond of it ):



    N. 'Miranda'
    N. gracilis "Purple" (Might be interesting but I already have quite a few pure gracilis seedlings)

    I know its not the most exciting cross in the world, but my second question is: out of the four possible crosses, which appeals to you the most?

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    .... there's also the option of requesting some pollen from others (& offer to split the seeds). Might get some more possibilities ...
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    Nepenthes gracilis "Spotted" x fusca "Sarawak" does sound interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    .... there's also the option of requesting some pollen from others (& offer to split the seeds). Might get some more possibilities ...
    True, but it could take a week to get to my mailbox and by that time it would be too late.

    Just a thought, is it possible to pollinate a female with several different males? I can't remember..

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    Sure is jrf, just mark off the flowers with what pollen was on what...you can make all 4 hybrids

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRFxtreme View Post
    Just a thought, is it possible to pollinate a female with several different males? I can't remember..
    Unless I am crazy mistaken, yes, it is definitely possible and often done.

    Jason

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    Awesome, I might have to give that a try. Thanks guys.

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    just be careful with labeling all four crosses. I messed it all up doing what your trying to do...

    Id vote for pure gracilis, everyone likes species variation!

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