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By Panman
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I know that the flower is receptive to pollination at a different time than the anthers release pollen. I just can't remember which is first. Is the stigma receptive first, or does the anther produce pollen first?
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Is your heli in flower already?
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wow, that was fast! Mine really hasn't put out much size yet. I assume you already know you need to act like a bumblebee and "buzz" around to get the pollen out with a tuning fork? Sorry, but I don't know the answer to your question. I'll ask Nancy.
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Woke up this morning to my Heliamphora minor putting out what's definitely not a pitcher... How long until it blooms?
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I think mine took a month from first seeing the bud until the flower opened. I first saw it on 8/25 and it just opened yesterday. Now I have to figure out how to get pollen from it.
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Thanks. What Heliamphora is the one blooming for you?
So there's time for me to prepare and read up. Have you checked the International Carnivorous Plant Society's website yet? I think I remember them having some tips. In the meantime, how long does pollen keep, and would a pollen for seeds exchange work? Like with Nepenthes breeders?
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Well, you're not going to get any answers from me. I've only owned a heli for 6 months now. There is a good video here about pollination and he does mention storing the pollen. Mine is a minor x heterodoxa, so I'm not even sure that it will self pollinate, but I'm going to give it a try. I've got the electric toothbrush and collection container ready. Today is day 2 that the flower is open and the first day I hit it with the toothbrush. No pollen yet, but I'll keep trying.
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Panman wrote: Thu Sep 29, 2022 1:16 pm I've got the electric toothbrush and collection container ready. Today is day 2 that the flower is open and the first day I hit it with the toothbrush. No pollen yet, but I'll keep trying.
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I have answers! The stigma is first, then the pollen - thanks Nancy!
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