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Author Topic: Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii  (Read 529 times)
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« on: May 04, 2011, 00:45:35 »

Anyone know if Aech. recurvata var. benrathii is a self pollinator?


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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 02:11:57 »

I'm sure that benrathii doesn't self. I've always been keen to try and cross this with Aech. pectinata to try to reinforce and enlarge the pink flush/pink flower show that is such an eyecatching feature of benrathii. The problem is that pectinata is a mid to late summer flowerer, and benrathii is mid to late winter flowerer.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 09:32:02 »

Thanks Mitche. I want to use it as a mother plant, but didn't want the problem of it potentially self setting seed.

I'll save some pollen for your pectinata  Wink I can just imagine what a stunning plant you could create.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 15:56:02 »

I've found seed in at least one of my small, maybe-var. benrathii plants.  I sure didn't pollinate and it was when I didn't have much else in bloom.  I guess I need to go check if I still have those seeds growing...
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 22:34:23 »

Hi everyone,

AndrewI have quite a lot of these with three different forms scattered around the yard as garden borders and I have never found any seed on them yet, unlike the recurvata recurvata which have seed all the time. But then I haven't checked every individula plant each season either.

This is the darkest form I have.

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