Im new to the forum and will introduce myself there as well.
I need some help since i cant seem to find the question. I got a h. heterodoxa x ionasii which is flowering (5 flowerbulbs) from which the first flower is a few days from opening. Now i managed to get my hands on some fresh pollen of a nutans.
Is it possible to pollinate the heterodoxa x ionasii with nutans pollen? And for that matter, is it possible to cross polinate just any heli? And how would this heli be called?
If i manage to succeed ill make a tutorial, i already filmed the pollen extraction (close up), and flower growth (time-lapse).
Complex hybrids with Heliamphora are possible, but you'll have to time it right, as the anthers ripen after the stigmas are no longer receptive, so any flower that's reached the second stage is too late. Pollinate as soon as the flower opens fully. And actually the correct name would be H. (heterodoxa x ionasii) x nutans, as the female (seed or pod) parent will always come first. No need to complicate the parentheses more than necessary either...
So time for an update, i tried to pollinate it yesterday (about 4 times, 2h intervals) and this morning before work and just came home from work and noticed the stigma getting an orange hint, is this a sign of successful pollination? Before:
(u can clearly see the pollen on the stigma here)
today (after polination yesterday and this morning)
It will likely be a week or two before you notice any serious changes. And if by "registering" the hybrid you mean naming one of the seedlings as a cultivar, yes. Otherwise there is no Latin naming of artificial hybrids officially anymore, or anything else to be done. It's a hybrid, its name exists as it does.
sand, very nice... enjoy, its an interesting process to observe. From start to finish expect it to take about 65-70 days if successful. As far as I know you can cross pollinate any Heliamphora, I have several new hybrids I've created. I have one that is beautiful and went from seed to flowering adult in under four years! I plan on making it a registered cultivar at some point. However, sometimes what you think will be an awesome cross turns out to be a disappointment.
I had also started a photo journal of the process over on terraforums for future use on my Heli webpage.
You will find that the offspring of your cross will vary. So if you distribute the seed to friends, what your friend ends up with may look different that what you end up with. There will be similarities but there will be differences too. It's the "special" one from the group that you would make a cultivar if that is your goal.
In my last hybrid there was one that stood out from the crowd. It has beautiful form, color and a very fast grower.
Anyone can register a cultivar as far as I know. There is a FAQ about it on ICPS or Barry's website.. I cant remember which, but should be easy enough to find with a little googling.
I don't have a tutorial on how to grow heli from seed per say, but there are several long threads on the subject on terraforums.
(I will eventually add one to my webpage, but its going to take me a while, too many irons in the fire already)
They are not hard, but a lot depends on the species/hybrids. Some grow and mature fast while others grow at a snails pace under the exact same conditions. Genetics plays a major role. I soak the seed in a trich mix then sow on my normal Heli substrate mix.
Germination timeline is also very species/hyrid specific. Many will easily sprout in under 21 days... while some others can just sit there for a month or more.
The stigma looks dry and brown but that only indicates it's probably no longer receptive. Still too early, it will need another couple weeks to say without a doubt yes or no. You can make some assumptions early on, but swelling of the ovary is the only sure indicator that I know of.
I usually ask the same thing, if there is a special one... please send me back a division.