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 How should i pollinate fockea edulis

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PostSubject: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Sun May 02, 2010 9:55 pm

I have several fockea edulis that happen to flowering i have tryed to pollinate using fine fishing line and pig hair also tryed by touching the flowers together tryed the same last year and i still have had no luck producing seeds. If anyone can help it would be great.
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PostSubject: Re: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Sun May 02, 2010 10:55 pm

From reading Desert Tropicals, it seems that this plant is dioecious, so you'll need a male and a female plant to get seed. It may be a silly question, but you're not trying to breed male-male or female-female, are you?
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PostSubject: Re: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Mon May 03, 2010 7:59 am

I haven't been able to find specific diagram, but Fockea are a member on the Asclepiadaceae which as a rule have a complicated flower structure where the pollen mass "locks" into place in the receiving flower. Like a lock and key arrangement, and as such pollination is a little harder to achieve artificially... so even with a male and female plant you might have difficulties without using a microscope and tools etc.....
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PostSubject: Re: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Mon May 03, 2010 9:46 pm

Thankou for your replies i have 18 fockeas of 15 are flowering and the flowers look the same i should put them outside as i heard fruit flys pollenate them although we dont want fruit flys in sth aust hope that an insect might help either way when i go back to cairns ill ask my friend how.
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PostSubject: Re: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Mon May 03, 2010 11:05 pm

Worth a try, I've heard that putting it near water helps also as you get the small gnats and flies etc
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PostSubject: Re: How should i pollinate fockea edulis   Wed May 05, 2010 7:28 pm

Even a feeding station might be worth a try. Austroplebeia bees often polinate my stapeliads.
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