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  Titan Arum Setting Seed
From: Floral Artistry jjingram at pacbell.net> on 2001.12.03 at 21:34:17(7867)
I was not aware that the Huntington plant was self pollinated but here is
the story:


John Ingram

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2001.12.04 at 07:36:10(7868)
This is a very interesting story. They used surgical methods to extract
pollen and "ripened" it, then pollinated when females were receptive.
Normally, Amorphophallus pollen is released only after the female flowers are
no longer capable of receiving it. I don't know if anyone has ever tried this
with other aroid species, but certainly others will make the attempt now that
Huntington has proven it can be done! The folks at Huntington have deployed
these methods sucessfully with some other plants (not aroids) and thought it
would be worth a try.

However, it must not be genetically optimal to self-pollinate in this manner.

Donna Atwood

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.12.04 at 17:09:03(7869)
Dear Donna and all Friends,

Yes, thanks for pointing this out. I GUESS they would have had to remove a
part of the male spadix BEFORE it opened, as the female flowers are 'ready'
at least a day or two before the pollen is produced, so Donna, do you have
any idea exactly how they manage to 'collect' the immature pollen and
'ripen' it??



From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2001.12.05 at 08:11:14(7870)
To Julius and others interested in this subject,

See this link for pollination chronolgy and details:


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