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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 31, 2020 6:17 AM CST
I actually managed to pollinate my Alocasia cuprea! I have berries!


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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 6, 2020 10:51 AM CST
Managed to pollinate a 2nd spadix!
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Also pollinated an ALocaisa Infernails spadix this morning...the next experiment would be to try and cross cuprea with infernalis
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GreenBee01
Sep 6, 2020 11:05 AM CST
Congratulations, they are so cute. I hope thay all grow 🌱
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 6, 2020 11:21 AM CST
Its an experiment for sure. They have to ripen and turn red then get sown.
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Name: Kristen
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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FlannelFish
Sep 6, 2020 3:16 PM CST
This is great! I've read about this a few times but don't have enough plants to try it. Lol
Have you grown many alocasias from seed?
Denver, Co
GreenBee01
Sep 6, 2020 3:35 PM CST
I bet you will get some nice seeds. They look like they are getting big. How long on average do they take to ripen?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 6, 2020 6:43 PM CST
Kristen, this is my first time LOL. I have grown many many Anthuriums from seed, but never tried to pollinate my alocasias before. They are very time sensitive. Once the spadix comes into view, the pollen is only viable for about 24 hours. And you have to do a little surgery on the spathe to be able to get the pollen down to the flowers. This will be my first foray.
Pheadra, I am not certain. I will just have to keep eyes on them until the are ripe.
Its a mad scientist experiment LOL
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Denver, Co
GreenBee01
Sep 6, 2020 7:15 PM CST
I am excited for updates.
San Diego, north county inland (Zone 9b)
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Bhavens
Oct 18, 2020 4:51 AM CST
Yes! Updates...I've read about having to slice the spathe, did you just make a slit, and pollinate with a brush down toward the bottom? Looking forward to the process.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Oct 18, 2020 5:39 AM CST
It aborted Angry
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Name: Ben M.
San Francisco
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benmcart
Oct 22, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Gina1960 said:Kristen, this is my first time LOL. I have grown many many Anthuriums from seed, but never tried to pollinate my alocasias before. They are very time sensitive. Once the spadix comes into view, the pollen is only viable for about 24 hours. And you have to do a little surgery on the spathe to be able to get the pollen down to the flowers. This will be my first foray.
Pheadra, I am not certain. I will just have to keep eyes on them until the are ripe.
Its a mad scientist experiment LOL


Was the pollen clearly visible/differentiable or is it just assumed that any visible spadex is coated in pollen? I found it hard to tell if my recent spadex ever had pollen.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Oct 22, 2020 7:53 PM CST
It is hard to tell. I just kind of took it on faith. The berries did start to form but they did not ripen
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