Yucca flaccida x 'reverchonii-thompsoniana'

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Post by TimMAz6 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:31 pm

Hi Igor,

did you attempt to pollinate the flowers? I didn't see any seed pods.

I usually pollinate at sunset or sunrise. Pollen forms best at these times (also during night but it's dark!).

Gently scrap pollen off the anthers. Store pollen on your hand (see photo). Place pollen in the pistol 'tube'. Not all pistol tubes are 'ready' for pollination. The most ideal pistols will have a sticky 'liquid' at the terminal end of the pistol. The pollen will stick to the 'liquid'. Some Yuccas produce less 'liquid' than others. If you see none of the liquid, just stick the pollen into the pistol tube. Generally the lower flowers on a branch with many flowers open will have the 'liquid'. I will attempt to take a photo of the 'liquid'. If you inspect all the flowers on a single branch, you will see one or two with the 'liquid' the others will be dry. Usually there are 3 to 5 flowers open on each branch.......the lowest flowers generally have the 'liquid'. I think this is why the first opening blooms are difficult to produce seed pods..........we try to pollinate them when they aren't ready.

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Post by igor.glukhovtsev » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:53 pm

Thank you very much Tim for the tips! I'll try to pollinate next summer. I understand there won't be a result without cross pollination? My flaccida started blooming later than your hybrid did. Is there any reason to pollinate the flaccida genes hybrid with the flaccida genes? Backcrossing?
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Post by DesertZone » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:22 pm

Tim, do you have too poke a hole in the pistols for the pollen?
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Post by marceli » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:15 pm

Guys, do I need two plants for this or try pollinating a single blooming yucca?
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Post by TimMAz6 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:59 pm

Hi Igor

Most Yuccas can self pollenate. That means seed pods can form on a yucca with no other Yuccas

You can pollenate with any other Yucca. The pollen donor 'generally' passes the leaf traits. Some crosses are more prominent than others. Example: the pollen from filamentosa was used to pollenate constricta flowers and the offspring look more like filamentosa than constricta

I pollenated gloriosa flowers with a narrow leaf Arkansana and the seedlings look more like the Arkansana.

It's best to plan out your hybrids.
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Post by TimMAz6 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:08 pm

Hi Aaron

Every pistol is different between species. I find glauca, stricta and Arkansana strange since there is no hole at the end of the pistol and you need to open the 'flaps' to get the pollen in. East coast yuccas are easy

Some nights seem to produce better pollen than other nights. Not sure why

I also have to deal with the beetles. If I don't spray EVERY night I will loose tons of flowers to those bastards!

Your best success with be to find the flowers with the 'liquid' at the end of the pistol. These flowers are ripe and want the pollen

Tonight it rained so no pollenation and no bug spray. I hope the beetle damage is not great

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Post by TimMAz6 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:10 pm

Marceli

A single yucca can produce pods. Try to pollenate the flowers!
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Post by Henoh_Croatia » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:55 am

Hi Tim,

Thank you for tips. For beginners like me video will be very useful.

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Post by igor.glukhovtsev » Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:34 am

TimMAz6 wrote:Hi Igor Most Yuccas can self pollenate.
Thank you very much for the explanation! Since I have only two different yucca plants blooming almost at the same time I'll try to pollinate next year...
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Post by TimMAz6 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:18 pm

I'm not sure, can you see the 'liquid' at the end of the pistol? These are the flowers ready to be pollenated.

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Post by andym » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:49 pm

Hi Tim...... thanks for your tips. I currently have Yucca Pallida in flower and a Recurvifolia. I don't seem to have a lot of pollen on either plant and I don't have any liquid on the pistols either. Is this perhaps due to my miserable Summers?
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Post by igor.glukhovtsev » Wed May 18, 2016 8:07 am

This year I will be enjoying my plant which is going to have three heads blooming:

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Post by TimMAz6 » Sun May 22, 2016 2:24 am

Andy,

Not all Yuucas will have as much liquid at the end of the pistol. Sometimes there's just a little inside the pistol and some have none. You'll still get seed pods if you pollenate many flowers&#128077;

Did you get any seed pods?
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Post by TimMAz6 » Sun May 22, 2016 2:26 am

Hi Igor,

I can't see the photo you posted. A three headed bloom sounds great!
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Post by igor.glukhovtsev » Tue May 24, 2016 9:29 am

I'm sorry for that, Tim. I can see it. Since that day I posted pic the floral shoot&#1099; have been developing....


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Post by andym » Fri May 27, 2016 3:09 pm

TimMAz6 wrote:Andy,

Not all Yuucas will have as much liquid at the end of the pistol. Sometimes there's just a little inside the pistol and some have none. You'll still get seed pods if you pollenate many flowers&#128077;

Did you get any seed pods?
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I have a Yucca Torreyi? with purple flowering at the moment but with all the yuccas I have, non are flowering
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Post by andym » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:43 pm

Tell a lie... My Yucca Treculeana has started to flower despite cold and wet weather
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Post by igor.glukhovtsev » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:32 pm

Andy, perfect pics and perfect floral shoots too....!
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Post by andym » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:53 pm

Thanks Igor for your kind remarks :D All I need now is some warmth which you seem to have :wink:
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