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    well this has been a great week. i have successfully grown a CP from seed for the first time(D. spatulata from Hong Kong) and today i look over my plants and what do i see a flower spike on my N. 'Miranda'! another first for me, a Nep in flower! i swear it wasnt there yesterday. the "vine" is only about 7 inches long, granted it has 7-8 inch tall pitchers but i really wasnt expecting it.

    i dont know what sex it is yet but is there anyone who has a plant in spike/bloom that may be interested in a donating/recieving pollen for a 50/50 split of the seeds? for those who dont know 'Miranda' is (northiana x maxima) x maxima so who may have an interesting species/hybrid to make another interesting/complex possibly new hybrid?

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    P.S. ill post a pic of it sometime next week
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    I just had a male nepenthes ventricosa flower... I haven't collected any pollen, but I do think there is a little bit left on it... anyone interested?

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    I have fresh and freshly frozen preserved pollen from my N. fusca Tambunan Road (sabah) form's dual flower spike.

    Here's a recent intermediate pitcher, and some flowers...:





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    kewl, like i said im not sure what sex it is but i guess ill hope for female. how long does it usually take for the first flowers to open? so is it supposed to be hard to get neps to flower or they like most other plants where if they like the conditions flowering is more or less a sure thing every year? also what tends to trigger them into flowering? this Miranda is in cramped quarters at the moment and was repotted only about 2 months ago. i guess this hybrid really doesnt mind having its roots messed with.

    also i thought Neps "vines" before flowering. this plant from soil level to the base of the newest leaf is only about 7 or 8 inches. the internodal space is very short compared to most of my other neps making for a very compact plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rattler_mt @ June 27 2004,8:28)]kewl, like i said im not sure what sex it is but i guess ill hope for female. how long does it usually take for the first flowers to open? so is it supposed to be hard to get neps to flower or they like most other plants where if they like the conditions flowering is more or less a sure thing every year? also what tends to trigger them into flowering? this Miranda is in cramped quarters at the moment and was repotted only about 2 months ago. i guess this hybrid really doesnt mind having its roots messed with.

    also i thought Neps "vines" before flowering. this plant from soil level to the base of the newest leaf is only about 7 or 8 inches. the internodal space is very short compared to most of my other neps making for a very compact plant.

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    what shape are the flower bugs? If they're round, its a male. If they're oval, it's female

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    For me the N. fusca flowered a week or so after I had replaced the light above the plant. The plant is a meter tall and kind of cramped against the lid but it had made a large basal rosette and I had accidentally let the pot go very dry. I spray the highland plants almost daily but somehow I had aparently forgotten to water the fusca directly for about 2 weeks (!!) cos the pot was very light but lo' and behold there appeared a flower right after a heavy watering! Perhaps a bit of both the stress with the lack of root water and replaced lighting.

    Here's a male N. fusca flower bud unopened:

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    well if thats true im guessing its prolly male. until i see pollen im going to hope for female though [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Once your flower opens it's plain to see as a male if it looks like the first flower pic (the second one with yellow is polen bursting out) which shows the column and antherhead females have no column or antherhead just a long oval ovary.

    I see today that the N. Miranda and N. aristolochioides x thorellii are both sending out flower stalks as well! Hopefully one of these three plants in flower will be a female! Perhaps Miranda x aristolochioides x thorelii, for possibly some mammoth sized aristo pitchers? That would be fun![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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