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HYB: Who's your daddy?

  • Subject: HYB: Who's your daddy?
  • From: "pinkirises" <pbrooks@whidbey.net>
  • Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 17:52:55 -0000

Hey, all,

This is probably a dumb question, but will ask anyway.

A couple of times, I have put a cross on a bloom, then noticed that I 
have it marked with a previous cross (having dropped to the bottom of 
the flower's stem, so not all that careless.)  Question:  If #1 took, 
will #2 be rejected?  If #1 didn't take, can #2 succeed?  And this is 
the dumb part -- there being three stigmatic lips, is there any 
possibility that pollen on one will go down its little channel to 
fertilize, and the other fertilize down its little shoot?

In short, are plants the same as people -- if you're pregnant, you're 
not open to newcomers?  But if you're promiscuous, you may not know 
till the little critter arrives who its daddy is?  If then?

I have such a cross, which was an important one to me and produced 
the most babies, so the question is not in the abstract.

Patricia Brooks
Whidbey Island, WA

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