Re: pollen

Andreas Wistuba (A.Wistuba@DKFZ-Heidelberg.DE)
Tue, 11 Oct 1994 18:48:32 GMT+1

> > Hello all,
> >
> > I am just trying to find a way to store Nepenthes pollen over longer
> > periods of time. Any pollen is welcome for experimenting.
> >
> > Also I will shortly have a female N. fusca flowering and would like to
> > create some nice hybrids.
> >
> > Any pollen available?
> >
> > Currently I have pollen of N. tobaica, N. maxima Sulawesi, N. alata x
> > maxima, N. x Mixta and shortly N. spectabilis which wait for being sent to
> > any female Nepenthes...
> > All the best
> > Andreas
> Andreas: That's a good question, how do you store Nepenthes pollen
> now? I have had fairly good results simply refrigerating Sarracenia
> pollen, does this work for Nepenthes?
I am currently trying storing them dried and cold at -20 degrees
centigrade. I pollinated a N. maxima with pollen stored like this for 2
days and hope that it will set seeds. I think some kind of a Nepenthes
pollen-bank would be a great improvement for both creating seeds of true
species and to create good hybrids. In the past hybrids were created by
just putting together what flowered at the same time. This lead to some
uninteresting hybrids. I think the aim of crossing should be the
breeding of clones of horticultural interest. In recent times many
species which show unique features have entered the collections and some
kind of a breeding programme could lead to very desirable plants.

All the best


Andreas Wistuba
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68259 Mannheim
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