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Crossing Sarracenia questions

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Last year I had an experiment at cross pollenating Sarracenia (leucophylla-based hybrid x purourea and leucophylla-based hybrid x complex hybrid) as an experiment and although the latter cross only gave me a tiny number of seeds, I have a 90% germination rate of both crosses so am feeling pretty pleased. 

There are buds forming on a variety of forms and I would like to have a proper go at crossing but have a few questions to help choosing what to do:

I assume anthocyanin absence is a double recessive gene and so there is no point crossing an AF plant with one that is not AF if I want any AF offspring. Is this correct?

There are a number of rubra group /alata X purpurea group hybrids for sale that are larger and fatter than either parent. Is this normal for a cross of this type, or are these large forms exceptional and unusual?

If I crossed 2 different colour forms of S. flava (e.g. ornata x rubricopora) would the offspring be one colour form or the other (i.e. colour genetics simple) or would they be intermediate?

I have read that self pollination does not work very well and gives a low viability. Is this true?

Thanks

 

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On the antho free question.

it depends on the  so called normal parent,if this plant is AF recessive you could get AF plants by crossing it with a totally AF plant.

I have a fair few AF recessive plants i have bred myself to cross and back cross with AF plants to get better clones.

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"If I crossed 2 different colour forms of S. flava (e.g. ornata x rubricopora) would the offspring be one colour form or the other (i.e. colour genetics simple) or would they be intermediate?"

 

Theoretically a quarter would lean more towards parent A, a quarter would lean towards parent B and half would be a mix, including some grandparent genes or even older.

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Thanks.

At the moment I am not organised enough to be thinking far enough ahead for F2 crosses, I think I will stick to ancho x ancho for now (assuming flowering coincides).

Interesting about flava colouration. I guess the best thing is to try it an see what happens.

 

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