recently just did a lowland hybrid: N.mirabillis red X N. gracillis
I know these arent popular or fantastic plants but still is fun. It seems this is the first of its kind so far and, being the first hybrid I have ever created, would like to know several things:
1. How long does it take for seed pod or fruit to mature? I am going to tissue culture the seeds so would need to know when I can harvest (must be ripened fruit yet before fruit burst)
2. Does more genetic characteristics come from the mother or father parent plant? I heard from some orchid hybridizers that characteristics may come more from 1 parent.
3. How long (average) does it take highlanders to flower, since "birth" I have flowering lowlanders but so far I noticed the plants are atleast 6years old before they begin flowering and the stems of mine nearly 5 metres long before the first spikes emerge whereas I have seen barely 2 feet tall highlanders flowering and thinking that hybridizing these "fast flowerers" may be quite fun.
4. Lastly, I know this is counting chickens before the egg hatches but How do I register a new hybrid?
Not the first time tissue culturing seeds but 1st time for hybridizing
Will post pics of seed pods soon and maybe parent plants. The flower was pollinated 4 weeks ago.