Brugmansia Database database: Adora

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Apr 16, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Name: JT Sessions

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Sep 12, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Hamburg, New York Zone 5
Love your picture, I have the same plant. When does it produce a pod, I keep getting flower and no pods or seeds. Soon I will have to dig it out and bring is inside. Don't know when to dig out (zone 5).Thumb of 2010-09-12/Dino2/9314ea
Sep 12, 2010 12:59 PM CST
Name: JT Sessions
Dino2,Most brugmansia,including this one,are self infertil.They will not produce pods unless they are crossed with another compatible variety.If you have another variety try moving some of the pollen to the stigma of Adora.That should get you a pod this time of year.
Sep 12, 2010 3:19 PM CST
Name: Veronica Dykes
central Texas
Brug lover
Dino2, If your 2 Brugs don't bloom at the same time, you can harvest the pollen to use later. Use long tweezers to pluck the fluffy anthers from the pollen donor. Place the anthers in a small labeled vial, such as a clean pill bottle. You can mix the anthers from different flowers as long as they come from the same plant. If you are harvesting pollen from different Brugs, be sure to clean the tweezers or use a different pair to prevent contaminating one pollen with another. Once inside the house, place the open vial(s) in a dry airy place so the moisture in the anthers will evaporate. The pollen will drop to the bottom of the vial as the anthers dry. Cap the vial. You can store the capped vial in the refrigerator or freezer. Just be sure to let them return to room temperature before using.

To pollinate a Brug flower, you need to get to the flower just before it actually opens to have the best chance of getting it to take. On some Brugs the anthers are fused around the stigma and can get in the way, remove them. If they don't hinder access to the stigma, leave them, as gone2seed mentioned, Brugs with one exception, are not self pollinating. Use a clean soft brush to pick up some pollen and gently transfer the pollen to the stigma. Use some string or ribbon to tie the flower closed to keep pollinating insects out. Repeat the pollinating process one or two days later to improve the chances of pollination. Place a tag the flower stem with the name of the 2 varieties you crossed, writing the name of the pod parent first and pollen donor second. If the cross took, the ovary will stay green and begin to swell. Otherwise it turns yellow and drops off.

During winter, seed pods take longer to mature. Each variety is different. Some pods take only 3 - 4 months to mature while others can take up to 7 or 8. Last November, I crossed Dorthea x Jacayna. The resulting pods didn't mature until June. It didn't help that my Dorthea was only 2-1/2' tall.
Sep 13, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Hamburg, New York Zone 5
Thank you both for the information it was very helpful.. This is my first Brugmansia plant, it was given to me when it was dormant. Thanks again, Dino 2

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