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I guess these have a new family name? Dracaena!

I've got 4 simultaneously in flower... a Bella Mutomo, a Francisii,  a Cylindrica and also a Ballyi which is a little behind. I brought them in for winter and they coordinated finally!

If you have experience pollinating please share. I found one video - it looks easy... but any information to help would be appreciated.

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Silas_Sancona
7 hours ago, DallasPalms said:

I guess these have a new family name? Dracaena!

I've got 4 simultaneously in flower... a Bella Mutomo, a Francisii,  a Cylindrica and also a Ballyi which is a little behind. I brought them in for winter and they coordinated finally!

If you have experience pollinating please share. I found one video - it looks easy... but any information to help would be appreciated.

Like most Lily- type flowers, pollinating/ crossing these should be pretty straight forward.. Use a fine tip artist's paintbrush to transfer pollen from the donor to the Stigma of the chosen " mother " plant after removing the filaments on it so it can't try to self- pollinate, then monitor to see if the Ovary starts to swell. Can select a certain # of flowers to work with on each stalk rather than trying to cross every single flower as well. 

..And do post any progress pics. 

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Thanks it looks easy enough. I prefer to pluck anthers and use them as a brush there are lots of flowers opening any day now... i saw a guy on youtube waving one plant over the other. Looks easy!

With succulents there seems to be a prime time I know some cacti open at night and rely on moths or bats... I guess with these i can pollinate throughout the day and see

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37 minutes ago, DallasPalms said:

Thanks it looks easy enough. I prefer to pluck anthers and use them as a brush there are lots of flowers opening any day now... i saw a guy on youtube waving one plant over the other. Looks easy!

With succulents there seems to be a prime time I know some cacti open at night and rely on moths or bats... I guess with these i can pollinate throughout the day and see

I guess you could just wave one stalk over another but you risk self pollinating in doing that.  Someone who is serious about making crosses pursues a  more disciplined technique. I myself would reduce many flowers down to just a handful and work w/ those.

Cacti, even night flowering types are pretty easy ( have a lot, which i cross, -to some degree at least-, each year ) but require the same discipline ( though i rarely strip off anthers, most are too small/difficult to get to w/out damaging other parts ). I'll closely monitor any that are close to opening so i can pollinate the instant they are open, but just before they start shedding pollen. Have a few that are strictly functionally male or female which makes things a bit easier, except when plants that say will produce viable pollen, but are otherwise infertile present the better flowers..   Even when you have done things correctly, some just don't take, or, you end up with a few seeds to work with..  Still fun to do, esp. when you get new plants that may be crossed to work with from your efforts.

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Cuticle scissors work to remove anthers they stick long enough to brush... I just used tweezers and carefully bend and twist... I didnt realize they self pollinate! 

I had my names wrong it was Koko who opened first and then bella mutomo a few days after... then cylindrica... still waiting for ballyi.

I think I have fruit development on Koko!

Exciting :)

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Fruit swelling on Bella Mutomo I think

 

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