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splinter1804 wrote:
Hi Sue - We must have both been typing at the same time that's why I didn't answer your questions in my previous post.

First question - Identifying pollinated flowers on Neoregelias - Most of the expert Neo hybridizers cut a small triangular section from a thin white name tag and write the name of the pollen parent in code (The full identity is kept in a note book or on the computer). Once the flower has been pollinated, the pointy end of this tag is pushed down into the flower. As the flower dies, it closes around the tag and holds it in place. (see pic)

Second question - As for crossing a Billbergia with an Aechmea, yes it can be done and each resulting bi-generic plant is called a X Billmea. There are only about half a dozen or so registered and most have Ae Recurvata as the pollen parent, although fasciata has been used on one occasion.

All the best, Nev.


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