Well , something with attractive colors ,easy growing and great scent.
I am no good about pollinating though.
First of all mine have not bloomed yet except carnosa, nummularoides and wayettii last year.
Second, I do not know where to insert stuff to collect or deposit pollen,may be somebody can show pictures about that.
Third,I did not have any success pollinating other plant before,so there is no reason to get too excited now.
Fourth,all this naming business for these plants is just too much.
Not having a donor cat handy, I've used a dental tool to extract pollinia. I have not figured out how to slide it into place on the mother flower yet. I think we could all spend a little time dissecting flowers and getting more familiar with the inner workings of each type.
Well I have 3 donor cats, but don't have good eye sight, and patience, let's talk about patience. Tonight I don't have any left, bad day at work then had to deal with the pharmacy on the way home. Not a way to end the day!!
Name: Carol Noel Hawaii (near Hilo) It's all about choices.
I don't have a steady enough hand, nor good enough eyes. When Ed Gilding has been here he runs around making crosses...but hasn't been successful as yet. He sure was when he lived in Honolulu. He uses a fine needle. He tried imperialis with a number of different eriostemmas but none took... I've had wild crosses happen in the greenhouse. One of the best as a parent is H. carnosa. I know...boring...but the result flower a lot, with loads of flowers... I have carnosa x obovata and it's a GREAT cross!!!
The other cross I would really like to see is bella x paxtonii - to create a "super-bella"!
I have never heard of a seed pod on either sp., so this might be mere fantasy on my part, but I'm going to have a go at it.
I have been able to drag the pollinia out of several flowers with a dental tool and with a needle. That part is easy. I think slapping those on the top of a flower's corona will work in some cases. I'm going to give it a try.
I've tried several times with cat whiskers, but so far no luck. I see the "thing" (can't think in English right now) coming out with the whisker and I get it in another hoya, but no new cross so far... :sad:
Thanks, Dave! I cut apart an imperialis corona tonight just to see what it looks like inside. I could see parts; I guess one of the parts would be the pollinia. I wish that I had a botany background; it would be very helpful. Is there anywhere online where there are good drawings of the flower parts of Hoya?