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    Quote[/b] (VTPTFATHAVFT @ May 03 2004,7:11)]Coolio! What was your method to fertilize them?
    I'm planning to use a paintbrush (maybe) when mine flowers, that is if it flowers? Can anybody state the age of a VFT when it gets into its flowering cycle? Because my typical's already 4 years old and its producing huge trap (3cm), and I'm sure flowering won't take that much energy off it...i'll try post a pic soon as I can (Besides, I don't want the traps to grow too big otherwise the next prey it catches will be my dog...) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Anyone ever tried paintbrush pollination? If so, how exactl do you do it...is the only thing to be careful of is not to ram the brush into the anther otherwise you could smah the anther (or get the pollen too deep in the brush and spend the rest of the day picking the pollen out of the paintbrush...?) [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    I have had seedling that were less than 12 months old flower. That was rare and I attribute it to the exceptional habitat they were growing in at that time, (Pacific Northwestern USA).

    My pollination technique is to grasp a few ripe stamen with forceps and pull them free. Holding them in the forceps I rub the pollen directly to receptive stigma. Hasn't failed yet.
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    Being the 1st time I've tried letting my VFTs flower, I found that the paintbrush method works great - as long as the brush is small and soft. I just take the end of the brush and twirl it on the ends of the anthers to collect the pollen on the end of the brush. You can easily see how much pollen you got off if your brush is black.

    Then, I go to a different flower and lightly dab the end of the brush on the stigma until most of the pollen has fallen off of the brush (and hopefully into the stigma). I did this repeatedly over about a week or so (until the flowers turned black) because different flowers kept popping up at different times and also to increase the chance of successful pollination.

    Now, about 2 weeks later, I can begin to see lots of little black seeds being developed in most of the flower pods. I got an excellent success rate with this method.

    BTW, how does one exactly know when the seeds are ripe for gathering? I thought it took about a month, but I'm seeing seeds after only 2 weeks.

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