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  [Aroid-l] Infra red cameras/bloom openings
From: ju-bo at msn.com (ju-bo at msn.com) on 2008.05.26 at 15:16:05(17628)
> Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 21:55:14 +0100
> From: Chris.Rennie at blueyonder.co.uk
> To: aroid-l at gizmoworks.com; Steve at ExoticRainforest.com; doji at hawaii.rr.com
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Infra red cameras

Dear Chris,

Allow me to ''jump into'' this discussion here.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to know on which given day a Philodendron bloom might open! My experience (and that of people even more experienced growers/breeders than I am) is that only observation and experience can point you in the right direction! I see that you live in the U.K. so must ask how many developing inflorescences are being produced by the plant in question? Usually, at least in tropical areas OR under optimal greenhouse conditions a few blooms in sequence would be considered ''normal'' for say an adult Philodendron bipinnatifidum ("selloum""), which would allow you to closely observe the development and opening of the first, and then you would be able to make a pretty close ''guesstimate'' on when the second, third, etc. may open based on the notes you took on the first. Just a note, here in Florida and Hawaii a bloom may ''sulk'' for a day or two longer that you THINK it should, this may be caused by a change in temperature, rain, etc.
Concerning pollinating insects, it has been determined that certain scrab beetles under natural conditions and in the natural range of this plant are the primary pollinators. It has been recorded that other beetles and even bees, flies, ants, etc. may be attracted to the blooms, but they can not and do not pollinate them.
I wish that there were better indicators of exactly when a bloom is about to open, but if in fact there are, I am not aware of them!
Good Luck, and keep us informed on your findings!


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