Exotica is beautiful!
I just love the copper color of this bloom. And...she is an excellent seed or pollen donor. All my Exotica cross seedlings are very vigorous.
I love her too. This is my first Exotica and Exotica bloom and I'm thrilled!
I was hoping to get some comments of using her in breeding so thanks Kristi.
Right now I have only Naranja and White Garden blossoming, Jewel and Flamingo Star will follow soon; I was hoping to cross her with Jungle Star for example, or Exotic Star, or Lemon Star - with Sweet Lilian I'm not going to bother - but they won't make it for this set of flowers. There's another scape on it's way, maybe then...
Put Jewel pollen on her!!!
Exotica is truly a unique and beautiful flower and you've captured it beautifully. I wouldn't be without one!
I bought my first Exotica about 3 years ago and during the summer it got devoured by the NBF but luckily there was a small offset which I grew to bloom for me last year albiet only two flowers as it was still small.
I agree that Exotica makes healthy seedpods and vigirous seedlings. I have from my first blooming some Exotica x Lady Jane that have some size to them and I'm hoping they will bloom in the near future. I also have some selfs hanging around here somewhere and last year I mated Exotica with Mocca/Cappuccino and have seedling of those crosses too.
You've got a great line-up of possible mates for her and I know you'll have fun as her pollen works great too.
Here is my Exotica from last year..only two flowers as the bulb was still small but I found this time she was more curvaceous than the first time.
Jewel, yes, I like the idea. And I really like Jewel.
I've been hoping to see pictures of Jewel's seedlings, any out there blooming or about to?!
Donna your Exotica looks lovely! I hope mine would develop into such a beauty. So fortunate that you were able to save a part of her through her offset. There's always a special bond then.
With all those exciting crosses, ones already performed and others yet to take place, how are you guys able to sleep?! I can't.
By the way, if I needed to, how should I go about storing pollen? Is it how difficult? Do I need equipment of laboratory standard?
I store mine in gelatin capsules in the refrigerator. I've also used empty, clean pill bottles. Small zip top bags also work.
I usually cut the pollen sacs, many times before they even open if I wish to pollenate on that particular flower and let it sit for a few days to dry out in a tiny glass or plastic container. Then I just use those miniature zip-lock baggies and they're easy to write the name and date on and into the fridge..no rocket science needed here as long as you've got clean dishes to start with...I usually keep it for the entire blooming season and then toss it. I don't really know what exactly the shelf life is for this pollen but obviously the fresher the better but I'd say off the top of my head that 3 month would still find it viable..
You can freeze it too, I have some "Tinkerbell" pollen somewhere in the freezer that I never used..at least I think I do...
Once again, this is just my method I'm sure others may indeed be a bit more scientific...
Lena, the first year I had Exotica she had a conjoined bloom! Interesting!
PS...her color was also very pale, but she has since gone on to have gorgeous, rich blooms.
Thank you both for great tips and encouragement. I have plenty of zip-lock bags and now I'm going to put them in this use, too.
I think storing 'Exotica's pollen would be a good way to start, knowing it is of good quality.
I hope you have the minis...
Mine are a bit bigger, hope they serve the purpose.
First batch of E. pollen harvested and tagged and stored. Hubby is seriously thinking of getting us a another fridge ...
...hehehe....just remember, NO APPLES with hippis!
Is apples the only veg/fruit to worry about in the same fridge?
Ask Google!! OK...I did it for you!
The good folks at KitchenAid (ie, mixers and fridges)say, "These fruits and vegetables produce high amounts of ethylene and should be stored away from other items:
So...there you have it!!
It would appear from a few google searches that just about all fruits emit ethylene gas..apples may be the biggest culprit though..
Actually, I wasn't aware that most fruits and veggies emit some amounts of ethylene gas as they ripen...
Here is a link that might be useful: ethylene gas emitting fruits...
Gee, it seems we really do need that second fridge! Quitting hippie-business is out of the question, there is no turning back from this road I've taken, I'm having the time of my life...
Thank you guys, I really appreciate all this info.
And Lena writes: DEAR SANTA...