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    Quote[/b] (Bignaturalbrock @ Mar. 23 2004,22:43)]from what i understand i wont be able to pollinate the first flower because the stigma is ready first and then its old and then the pollen is ready?
    hmm don't quote me since it's been a long time...

    I don't recall there being a problem with self pollinating a single flower. The stigma won't be ready immediately so just wait until it is.. the pollen is ready not long after the flower opens.
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    Heck, if I am selfing flowers, such as if only one VFT clone is blooming at the time, I usually just use pollen from flower #1 to pollinate flower #1 (after its stigma is receptive), then when flower #2 opens, I use some of its pollen on flower #1 and some of the pollen from flower #1 on flower #2 once its stigma is receptive . . . and so on with any subsequent flowers. The pollen seems to be fine for at least a week, perhaps longer. In the future I may try different methods of long-term storage of pollen, but so far most of the plants I want to use as parents have bloomed at the same time.

    If I am crossing between different clones or cultivars I simply use a small piece of masking tape marked with the name of the pollen donor and wrap it around the peduncle of the pertinent flower.




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    wow thanks, well this flowering thing is making me impatient the flower stalk seems to have slowed down at 2x the size of the vft's leaves and isnt it supposed to grow taller, anyways thanks for all the info i plan to get many seeds [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    now should i make a new thread asking whats the best way to plant and have all vft seeds germinate or anyone here know, heh just wanna be ready with materials when its time, im lazy at buying stuff [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
    wow my venus flytrap grew a flower stalk!..... 12 buds so far. how many seeds http://s98622558.onlinehome.us/iB_ht...cons/smile.gif
    many many vft !

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    A couple thoughts come to mind. You could just pluck off the anthers with fine tweezers and store them in.

    if you did this would the flower that you took them from still be able to make seeds. in other words do they need the anther after it makes and holds the pollin or is that their only functon.

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    one question, the pollen seems to be falling off of the little anthers and down into the middle of the flower, but i cant seem to get any onto the cotton swab, it just isnt sticking.
    wow my venus flytrap grew a flower stalk!..... 12 buds so far. how many seeds http://s98622558.onlinehome.us/iB_ht...cons/smile.gif
    many many vft !

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    Pluck the anthers off and put them on receptive stigmas. This well effectivley pollinated your flowers. Do this once a day 2 days in a row.
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