Question i was wondering how to keep sarracenia pitcher plant flowers from cross pollinating, so I can get true to type seeds.
Answer To properly pollinate your Sarracenia flowers, you will need to bring them in a greenhouse or suitable structure where the flowers are protected from wind and rain. When the buds first open up, loosely wrap cheesecloth around each flower. Use a twist tie to secure the cheesecloth in place. The cheesecloth will prevent insects from cross pollinating the flowers. When the flower drops its pollen, unwrap the flower and use the pollen to self-pollinate the flower. When you're done, wrap the flower again. Make sure to use a CLEAN paintbrush each time you pollinate a flower. Otherwise you may have cross pollination. For information on the pollination process, watch our video podcast on the topic. http://youtu.be/ug3_JJlJmI0
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