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    Using Dodec's spray method, I have germinated this seed. It looks like a good germination response too. Any hints as to how to approach the cultivation? Standard care, or is there something more?
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    Tamlin,

    What is Dodec's spray method?

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    Essentially, the seed is sown on a top layer of sand, placed in tray watering, but the surface is misted daily. Presumably, this leaches out the inhibitory enzymes thaat are in the seed coat which are very stubborn in seed that is not fresh.

    I am pleased to have germinated Polypomphlox, Pink Petticoats, or U. multifada. I miss the old genus name This is a nice rosetted plant, and really quite different to my way of thinking than Utricularia. It reminds me of Genlisea in a superficial way.

    Only a few seeds so far have germinated, and this is an annual species so pollination is necessary to obtain seed.

    Dodec, have you had any results pollinating your flowers? See, I'm worried about it already!
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    Off subject, I know, but why did they drop the Polypomphlox name, and how long ago did they do it?

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    Taylor reorganized and dropped this genus, ohh back in the 80's I think (now you know why it is so hard to find if you have been looking for it).
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    I recommend to keep misting until the plants are well established. I have 4 flowers out now, and probably a dozen more waiting to open. Quite a sight.

    Regarding pollination - I think it has taken. The flowers have fallen, and the ovary (correct term?) looks swollen. I spent some time with the microscope looking at utric flowers, and it looks as if the anthers are on very short stalks immediately below/in front of the pistil. If you take a piece of fishing line and hold it parallel to the ground and move it up and down it should pollinate it.



    O << Pistil

    I I ^ << Anther
    ^
    Fishing line

    Crude, but does it clarify?




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    Oh, and it's U. multif*i*da

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    Thanks for the information and the spelling correction :-)
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