The first heliamphora minor var pilosa flower has been pollinated, 5 minutes ago, for the second time, with h.minor var minor pollen. The pollen was frozen since last summer. (By the way, no need fancy methods, just put the pollen in a saucer, in a ziploc bag, in the freezer).
The h.minor var pilosa stigma tip is already brown; thats mean its successful. I will keep adding pollen for the next few days, to be 100% sure. This will mimic whats happen in the wild with bubble bees.
Of course, the first flower will gives heliamphora minor var pilosa X heliamphora minor var minor seeds, but the main exercice here is to collect h.minor var pilosa pure seeds. So i will collect the golden pilosa pollen on the first flower, when the anthers will be ready and dry enough. The next pilosa's flowers will be pollinated with pilosa pure pollen.
I got 2 flowers on my pilosa clone A; both ovaries get bigger. The first one will be h.minor var pilosa x h.minor var minor seeds, and the second one pure h.minor var pilosa seeds. Hope the pilosa will have major influence in the crosses, i still have a lot of pilosa pollen and growing flowers hamps from pulchella[akopan, amuri], parvas, hispida and ceracea.
Just cant wait!
wOOt wOOt :-)
Edit: next month i will set up my winter terrariums, and i will take/post a lot of new pictures.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5