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    I'm back home this week for Thanksgiving so I thought I would post some pics of the nepenthes I leave at home. In order they are densiflora x black truncata, ventricosa red x carunculata, a veitchii flower, and just for fun my favorite cactus which always flowers this time of year. If anyone has any pollen they would like to try with my veitchii I should have time to show my mom how to pollinate the flowers and I might even be home before all the flowers open so I can do some of them myself. Last time I was back for just the weekend it had another flower but I didn't have any time to deal with pollinating it but this time I'd like to try if I can.

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    i still have the flower off my maxima X its driend now for 4 days n still has yellow pollen balls on flowers is it still good? Photobucket Photobucket

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    I'm not sure I'm understanding you correctly but it sounds like your pollen may no longer be viable. I think the general rule is to give pollen a couple days to mature after the flower opens until the pollen looks a little bit fluffier and not so compact on the flower. After that you collect it and let it dry for a couple days then put in the fridge preferably with a silica packet to keep it dry. I may have understood you wrong but it sounds like your entire flower has been dried up for days which would mean it probably finished flowering over a week ago.In that case I don't think much of the pollen would still be good. If anyone else know better about how long pollen is viable please let me know since I'm not as experienced as a lot of growers here.

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    I am assuming your plant is female then? Awesome!

    It just so happens I have a male hamata x truncata (predator) that will be flowering in the next week or two. I imagine the first flowers will open any day.

    I would love to cross it with a veitchii.

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    It is a female for sure since it has flowered once before. I would love to cross it with your predator. I'll pm you.

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    Cool. I'll post a pic here tonight to give you an idea of how far along it is.

    EDIT... Duh, it is a male truncata x hamata... not hamata x truncata.
    Last edited by dashman; 11-22-2010 at 12:33 PM.

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    @ dashman
    Here's an update on the flower. I'm not sure whether the pollination is successful or not yet but I'll keep pollinating every couple days and hope for the best. veitchii bareo flower

    I'll also use this opportunity to share pics of some other plants
    qoh x kos
    My black truncata which is now refusing to color up for some reason despite getting more light

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    New pitcher opening on my densiflora x black truncata

    jacquelineae
    And last but not least my new jacquelineae which from what I've read may take a while to settle in considering the lower humidity and my conditions being geared toward intermediate/highland and not straight highland. Still it's one of my favorite plants and I'm willing to see it pitcherless for a while in hopes that as it gets larger it decides it can tolerate my conditions better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neps_N_Things View Post
    And last but not least my new jacquelineae which from what I've read may take a while to settle in considering the lower humidity and my conditions being geared toward intermediate/highland and not straight highland. Still it's one of my favorite plants and I'm willing to see it pitcherless for a while in hopes that as it gets larger it decides it can tolerate my conditions better.
    This might also be the cause of your QxK not coloring well. A friend and I are growing them in ultra highland, highland/intermediate, and lowland conditions. The ultra highland specimens are clearly the darkest, the lowlanders have very weak color and the h/i's are in-between. There are certainly other uncontrolled variables, but it looks like cold temps might have some influence on color.

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