making pollination cross / hybrids right

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Hi Guys
me again, as i getting older now days finding that my memory is not so good any more ! age or some thing else well ??
So when on a week long trip with Richard Nunn ,Phill Mann and Allen Lowrie , looking at a lot of cp's round Albany and sterling ranges etc and me and Allen discussing what the best meat pies to eat and Pill telling to stop being silly , we go on to the subject of cephalotus flowers and how they work .
the art of ceph pollination i have in depth posted on this forum , but not how to hybridism them ,this is not hard but extremely fiddly , need good eyes and a steady hand ,that i no longer have :(, any of ., your tools are very small stainless steal spring scissors , fine pointed tweezers , a magnified head set so you have 2 free hands , and good light , now as discussed in previous post the anthers do produce yellow pollen, for a very short time ,collection of this is very important and difficult to do , the pollen can be stored in waxed baking paper as pollen only or the pollen buds and stored in the paper folded and in a air tight container and put in the fridge not to get frozen at round 2 to 4 c is right , once you have your pollen or the flower you can harvest pollen from to pollinate a ceph you want to cross with , first you must cut off all the anthers on the flower /flowers that your going to make the cross with leaving the receptor anther free, this is where its become very fiddly and you need the tools as described above, extraction of anthers in a ceph flower is very delicate operation and must be done with extreme care , once your flower is free of anther that are just on the cusp of showing pollen so you know the receptor is going to be receptive in a few days later , so in a few days when the receptor appears ripe , plump and dewy looking ,you can apply freely the pollen from the other ceph flower pollen you have collated or can point harvest from a flower your wanting to cross with and use, this is the only way that you can insure that you hybrid is a true hybrid , if the anthers remain and the pollen get mixed you not 100% sure that it will be the hybrids your wanted . fortunately cephalotus flower all at the same time that makes it easier to do pollination and crosses.
any question just ask
thanks john
 

Lloyd Gordon

Cactus micrografter newbie.
Staff member
Hybrid implies two species. There is only one Ceph species not even a sub-species. I have read that there aren't any varieties or cultivars either just different ways of growing. So no Ceph (or Drosophyllum, VFT, Aldrovanda) hybrids.
 

Corpse

Sprout
Yeah, that’s just what I thought since Australia is separated from the rest of us.
I thought John was saying that cephs can be hybrid. Ooof…Sorry.
 

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
Yeah, that’s just what I thought since Australia is separated from the rest of us.
I thought John was saying that cephs can be hybrid. Ooof…Sorry.
Hi Corpse, yep understand where you seeing that from, cephs have many natural variations as in size colour , shape .and growing habit ,in the wild there are not many variations in habitats ,just mainly size and colour and pitcher texturs, in cultivation we have many more variations in size ,colour , and pitcher veriation, but there still cephalatous and can not be changed from there natural speice .I mainly cross location plants giving some more variation in there growth habits,size colour etc etc, and calling them hybrids :)
 
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Corpse

Sprout
very interesting stuff, any info on how altitude changes them?
Can’t wait to do a deep dive into them after the holidays.
picking up as much as I can to see what I can get.
 

John Yates

Carnivorous Plant Addict
very interesting stuff, any info on how altitude changes them?
Can’t wait to do a deep dive into them after the holidays.
picking up as much as I can to see what I can get.
nope know idea , there actually a low land plant if you want to be real , just not tropical , semi mediterainian Jerry Harris grows them well in Colorado gussing that got a bit of elivation he dose well with them
 
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