A Cross Pollination Project

So, as mentioned in my previous post, I have a lot of African Violets sitting on the kitchen window sill. I was chatting with them yesterday (yes, I talk to my plants, I’m cuckoo like that) when I thought about something someone mentioned to me when he/she (I can’t remember who said it, sorry) found out I was growing African Violet. Cross Pollination. I mulled about it for a bit and decided to give it a go.

I went to google to find out more about cross-pollination or hybridisation of African Violets and came upon Grownotes which had easy to understand instructions. I followed the instructions as carefully as I can (I didn’t sterilise my tools, because – I had no tools!) and cross-pollinated as follows:

First Family

First Family
Purple to Pink

Second Family

Second Family
Light Pink to Dark Purple

According  to the website, if my very clumsy attempts at cross-pollinating these flowers were successful then I should see a seed pod grow from the Mother flower in … about two weeks. I’ll post an update if and when that happens – meanwhile, I’ll  keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

UPDATE 1 – 22/01

I’ve decided to be a bit scientific about my attempts, and increase chances of success so I cross pollinated more today have made a little table so I can easily remember what went where. To be honest, I’m already quite confused.

X Pollination Summary
Typo alert! Can you see it?

According to Grownotes, ” If the cross is successful a seed pod will begin to form and become noticeable within 10-14 days or later depending upon variety.” so, the next update will be in a fortnight – -I’ll make it on Waitangi Day, so I won’t forget.

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