Seeds from Manettia luteorubra, possible?

tishfromwis(z5 WI)July 13, 2009

I have a Manettia luteorubra and my sister-in-law would like some seeds from it. I searched and found that the only way to propagate is from leaf cuttings, woody stem cuttings and softwood cuttings. No seeds? She propagates all of the time, I never do. I would like to send her seeds if this can be done.

Thanks!

Tish

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remy_gw

Hi Tish,
I know there was a discussion on here sometime ago about a tropical plant that has similar type flowers and not finding seeds. We concluded it possibly being two things and I think this would hold true of your plant.
One, the most probable cause of no seeds is the flowers are thin and tubular indicative of a specialized pollinator. So if it is some tropical bug or humming bird, you are not going to get fertilization. You can try hand pollination with a small paintbrush sticking it in all the flowers. If this produces no seed, then it might be possibility number 2.
This plant might need another plant for pollination. Some plants require a second plant to have successful pollination.
There is a third possibility when plants don't make seeds is that they are sterile. Being that the plant is not a named cultivar, I don't believe this is the case.
So give the paintbrush trick a try and see what happens.
Remy

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 11:23AM
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tishfromwis(z5 WI)

Hi Remy! Thank you so much for responding ! I'm sorry for the delay in my reponse, but I've been out sick. My sister-in-law likes the challenge and satisfaction of propagating, but this Manettia luteorubra will have to go unachieved :) Not worth it when the plant was only $5. Maybe she'll like some seeds from some of my other plants, she has plenty to choose from...

Tish

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 10:31AM
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