Paramongia weberbaueri

Mon, 13 May 2013 23:48:05 PDT
There was some discussion at one time about needing a second clone to 
pollinate these flowers.  Just this week there was another discussion on 
this on Facebook.  Ernie deMarie said:

"There was only one clone at NYBG when I worked there, and I set seed on 
it.  The clone came from Longwood.  I believe Marc Hachadurian has also 
set seed on this clone, which of course by now has also multiplied by 
offsets.  I remember doing bud pollinations after reading about it 
working sometimes with Hippeastrum, the idea is that the stigma surface 
doesn't develop the protein that caused self sterility until the flower 
is open."

I checked with Ernie if I could use that.

"Of course, feel free to quote me.  You might also ask Marc for his 
experience with the same plants, when I first worked at NYBG there was 
one pot, but with a more generous feeding and repotting effort, there 
were several when I left and I think they have several pots, all the 
same clone, now.  I have seedlings from refrigerated seed I set, but 
they are not blooming size yet."

I thought it might be of interest to those who just have the one clone.


Ina Crossley
Auckland New Zealand  Zone 10

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