Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:54 am
Do you want to figure out how to make it flower?
Anyone else up for it?
The biggest problem with this plant is that hardly anyone has gotten it to flower, and those who have, don't know why theirs flowered.
The point is to use people with a tricolor (like myself) to attempt different ideas of what may trigger flowering, and see if under those conditions, their plant flowers without aborting the flowers.
As far as I know, if I am successful in getting other people to join in and share their results, this will be the first large-scale experiment to solve this problem.
If we are successful in figuring out how to get U. tricolor to flower, I will probably submit the experiment and results to the CPN so that the wider CP community can get this plant to flower.
Please PM me if you would like to volunteer plants for the tests.
Photos would be nice!
I'll start with some of my first ideas.
1. Maybe we grow it in pots that are too small. It is related to longifolia, which likes a larger pot to flower.
2. Maybe we need to treat it like a section Orchidioides Utricularia, as that is how people have gotten longifolia to flower.
3. Maybe it needs seasonal photoperiod variance.
4. Maybe a wet/dry cycle.
5. Maybe it needs seasonal temperatue change.
6. Maybe it needs cooler nights.
I'm currently propagating mine to test numbers 3, 4, and 5.
I cannot test 6 easily, and I need to buy more LFS and pots before trying 1 and 2.
Please submit ideas and test them if you have the plants!
NOTE: Anyone can submit ideas, but all those people wanting to test them should PM me.