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Re: Titan Arum Setting Seed

  • Subject: Re: Titan Arum Setting Seed
  • From: SelbyHort@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 09:36:10 -0600 (CST)

This is a very interesting story. They used surgical methods to extract 
pollen and "ripened" it, then pollinated when females were receptive. 
Normally, Amorphophallus pollen is released only after the female flowers are 
no longer capable of receiving it. I don't know if anyone has ever tried this 
with other aroid species, but certainly others will make the attempt now that 
Huntington has proven it can be done! The folks at Huntington have deployed 
these methods sucessfully with some other plants (not aroids) and thought it 
would be worth a try. 

However, it must not be genetically optimal to self-pollinate in this manner.

Donna Atwood

<< I was not aware that the Huntington plant was self pollinated but here is
 the story:

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