Cephalotus pollination--

From: Gary Kong (garko@juno.com)
Date: Mon May 10 1999 - 21:35:16 PDT

Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 21:35:16 -0700
From: Gary Kong <garko@juno.com>
To: cp@opus.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1619$foo@default>
Subject: Cephalotus pollination--

I have found that when flower "A"'s pollen is grainy and ready to
transfer to flower "B"'s pistil, flower "A"'s pistil is already too "old"
to receive pollen. It seems the pistil matures faster than the stamens.
Once the pistils separate and bend back, it's too late to pollinate that
particular flower. This happens at about the same time the anthers split
and release pollen. I could be wrong--after all, I've never been able to
germinate the seed collected from the resulting fruit. I'd like to hear
other growers comment.

Gary Kong

BTW, the clone I received from Charles Brewer shows no signs of
flowering. But with its incredible lateral growth and profusion of
growth points (it's such a Gordian knot of creeping leaves, it's
impossible to count them), who needs flowers and seeds? I need a bigger

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