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Old 09-02-2008, 07:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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From something besides my velutina. Looked out this morning and saw this and was pumped. Just had to post it and thank SteveL. I have this one potted up and another couple in the ground, which have yet to send up a flag....




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Old 09-02-2008, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ahh, nice! It promises to be a very beautiful bloom. I can't wait to see more pics as the flower progresses.
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Man, how are you getting these to bloom in such small pots and from such young plants? I have bloom envy I guess....anyway, glad to see them blooming for you.
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Especially exciting with summer wrapping up soon!

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Very nice, Randy! Glad to see some of your hard work paying off. That's a beauty, I really need to get one of those one of these days. Somehow I've made it this long without one, which is strange.

Scot, the secret is...not really a secret, lol. Excellent potting soil to start with, full sun, fertilizer on a regular basis, and lots of water. Am I close, Randy?

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Very nice, Randy! Glad to see some of your hard work paying off. That's a beauty, I really need to get one of those one of these days. Somehow I've made it this long without one, which is strange.

Scot, the secret is...not really a secret, lol. Excellent potting soil to start with, full sun, fertilizer on a regular basis, and lots of water. Am I close, Randy?

Sounds about right, BigDog. The pot is a 14" pot and the pstem with the bloom is right at 3' to the bloom. Oddly enough, I have only fertlized this one once this late spring with a time release fert with minors and a little muriate of potash... I think the biggest factor besides the soil is the amount of water that I give my plants. I water often, but the soil, even in my beds is very fast draining... Hey, I am still learning, especially with potted plants...
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Randy, maybe the plant was stressed in the pot and produced a flower because of that. What do you guys think?
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Got me, Austin, but I am glad it did whatever the reason...
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Awesome, you will enjoy! They split apart in an interesting way when ripe so watch them carefully. Here's an old pic of mine:

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Randy, good job. Hope you like it.
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. congrats randy!!!
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Way to go, Randy!
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I have never seen one that has split when ripe, so thanks for the pic's.
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I've never noticed the fruit splitting on my Thai Gold.
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Sounds about right, BigDog. The pot is a 14" pot and the pstem with the bloom is right at 3' to the bloom. Oddly enough, I have only fertlized this one once this late spring with a time release fert with minors and a little muriate of potash... I think the biggest factor besides the soil is the amount of water that I give my plants. I water often, but the soil, even in my beds is very fast draining... Hey, I am still learning, especially with potted plants...
It sounds like I am doing everything correctly then, using good, fast-draining soil about 60/40 mixed with Amend and N'Rich plus some gypsum, regular fertilizer (Banana Fuel from Wellspring 15-5-30) and regular watering via drip system. Might just be the high heat and low humidity here. Although we do have a sprinkler system in the yard that raises the micro environment humidity quite a bit at night. I am fairly confident that I'll see at least one blossom before winter. Everything is growing and putting out new leaf growth every week.
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Today makes the third day and when I got home from work, I went out and found this...





Well, after talking to a few folks that gave me some advice, I went and removed some male flowers from my velutina and started trying to pollinate my 'Thai Gold'. Not really sure if I did it right, and wanted some of you experienced cross pollinators to tell me if I did it right. Here are a couple of closer shots of the flowers that I pollinated, or at least tried to...





Does that look about right? How much pollen do I need to get on there? Any input would be GREATLY appreciated, BigDog, GATrops!!!
These are the first set of flowers that have opened, so I think I will be able to try it again, and again, and again...
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Randy, it looks right to me. I pollinated my musella lasiocarpa last year when it had multiple flowers. I just pulled off some male flowers and then brushed them against the female flowers that had just opened. I don't think much pollen is needed at all. It turns out all the flowers I pollinated grew fat and had seeds!
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