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Re: A Blooming Question

  • Subject: Re: A Blooming Question
  • From: "W. George Schmid" hostahill@Bellsouth.net
  • Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 14:09:36 -0400

Hi Glen, All
Frankly, there may be some that do. The opening of the flowers is a trait
developed with the natural pollinators in mind. Pollinators usually get up
very early, long before humans do and many hybridizers have learned to
protect the flowers they want to hybridize with. In the wild, they are
usually open by the time you climb the mountain valleys and get there.
Anyway, most flowers open at the crack of dawn and I have seen them open as
early as 4:00 AM, well before the crack of dawn. That is why we call them
day-blooming as oppposed to H. plantaginea, a night-bloomer that has the
flowers opening in late afternoon to be ready for for night-flying moths.
What wakes the pollinators up, I can only guess on, although bee keepers
know pretty well when the hives get busy. In my garden, not having Japanese
pollinators, most of the open pollination is done by flies and bumble bees
and an occasional honey bee or wasp. The bumble bees get up very early and
they have beaten me to many times to the pistil on marked flowers, judging
by the yellow smear on the stigma. How they navigate in the dark (not being
moths) is beyond me. The opening of the day-blooming flowers is normally
triggered by maturity (of the flower, i.e., being receptive to pollen),
temperature change (going up), and light (getting lighter). Being in the
house all of these factors may be abnormal so the flower opens whenever it
gets good and ready. I usually kept mine in my library by the window with
natural lighting and let nature take its course. Most opened in a normal
way, i.e., in the early morning. HTH George
W. George Schmid
Hosta Hill - Tucker Georgia USA
Zone 7a - 1188 feet AMSL
84-12'-30" West_33-51' North
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Williams" <gw1944@vermontel.net>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>; <PHOENIX_HOSTA_ROBIN@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2003 12:32 PM
Subject: A Blooming Question

> Cool Greetings to All  (from Vt.):
> 10 days ago I brought 3 plants that I wanted to breed with (saying I
> to make crosses with them sounds a little less suggestive) in the house.
> Clearly the first bloom on these plants was not going to appear until
> our first frost. I was right.  They were in pots, so there was not real
> problem.
> I picked the several flower scapes from plants I wanted to use as pollen
> parents. These are now in sugar water on the window sill along with the
> plants in pots. The bloom started about 5 days ago and I have been
> hybridizing every morning when I first get up...about 5:30 am. As Tony
> Advent has suggested I dress in a 3XL size bee costume and pollinate to my
> heart's content.  In watching the plants closely in the house I have yet
> see a flower open during the day. There are always some ready to pollinate
> in the morning however (5:30 am). This question is probably foolish , but
> do hosta blossoms open during the daylight hours too? If not...why?
> Hebdomad  n: a week; seven days
> Glen Williams
> 20 Dewey St.
> Springfield , Vermont
> 05156
> Tel: 802-885-2839
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