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  help with pollination
From: "Michael Marcotrigiano" <mmarcotr at email.smith.edu> on 2004.02.09 at 13:41:24(11128)
Hi aroiders:

My variegated A. konjac 'Shattered Glass' is flowering for the first
time. Even the spathe is variegated rosy red and purple.

I wanted to get seed from it by crossing it with other cultivars (using
it as the female) but it is about a week ahead of my other clones.

Can I self-pollinate it?

Can I save pollen just in case I want to cross it as a male?

Any instructions on pollination are helpful.

To see its image go to

http://www.exoticfinches.com/plants/amorphstory.htm

Michael Marcotrigiano

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From: "Bryant, Susan L." <SLBryant at scj.com> on 2004.02.10 at 04:59:32(11132)
Do you have a picture of the inflorescence?

Susan

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From: "Alan Galloway" <alan_galloway at ncsu.edu> on 2004.02.10 at 05:19:55(11133)
> My variegated A. konjac 'Shattered Glass' is flowering for the first
> time. Even the spathe is variegated rosy red and purple.
> I wanted to get seed from it by crossing it with other cultivars (using
> it as the female) but it is about a week ahead of my other clones.
>
> Can I self-pollinate it?

Extremely unlikely

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From: "Michael Marcotrigiano" <mmarcotr at email.smith.edu> on 2004.02.10 at 07:52:26(11138)
Not yet but I'm taking one today

_______________________________

Michael Marcotrigiano, Ph.D

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From: "Michael Marcotrigiano" <mmarcotr at email.smith.edu> on 2004.02.10 at 07:53:59(11139)
too bad they are in the wrong order. I want the shattered glass to be
female since the chance of inheritance being maternal is great. I put it
in a cold greenhouse and the proposed dad (Leo Song) which is maybe two
days behind is now in our orchid house at 90F. So with the variegated at
55F I hope I can do it?

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From: Nathan Lange <nelange at concentric.net> on 2004.02.11 at 10:07:40(11141)
Pollen can be collected by carefully turning the bulb/flower upside down
over a piece of newspaper and gently tapping on the base of the
flower. The pollen can be stored in refrigerated sealed containers for
over a month, if not longer. Perhaps the pollen can be stored until next
year. The stigmas are most receptive to pollen during the peak of the
flower's characteristic aroma. My experience has been that by the time the
flower's signature fragrance has passed and pollen dehiscence has begun,
the chances of successful pollination have greatly diminished.
Self-pollination would be successful within the same clone but, with only
one flower, the pollen won't be produced until after the receptiveness of
the stigmas has passed. As soon as you have two flowers that don't open on
the same day, you should be able to pollinate the second flower with pollen
from the first.

Alternatively, in theory you can pollinate within the same flower. The
people at Huntington did just that with A. titanum. They have a
description of their procedures at
http://www.huntington.org/BotanicalDiv/TitanPollen.htm.

Good luck,
Nathan

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