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Old 10-27-2014, 01:10 PM   #27 (permalink)

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Default Re: Birth of a New Hybrid Musa: Musa sp. aff. aurantiaca (Trebrown seeds) x velutina

That's correct, Austin. In order to make M. velutina the female parent, one would need to cut the immature anthers off of the flower before the pollen came close to ripening. Since M. velutina has hermaphrodite flowers, it will pollinate itself unless you take measures to make sure it does not. That means making sure the pollen from nearby flowers didn't get on the stigma as well. It's much easier to have M. velutina be the male parent, especially with another Musa that does not have hermaphrodite flowers. You just hand-pollinate your target female flowers with M. velutina pollen, then make sure to cut the first few hands of male flowers off of your female parent plant.
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