I meant sell off a plant or two to someone who can grow em in case they were to die to keep the species in the USA. Does this erio not split?
Who can grow them? I thought I was. LOL.
I don't have any problem in sharing them. Its just that they are flowering and I don't think a plant that small will be able to put in enough energy to adapt to a new place if replanted. Flowers suck up all their energy.
Not all erios split. After keeping around 12-13 species, I have experienced that the erios with flat leaves (parkeri/ aquaticum), don't have a "heart" and split. The erios that have a "heart" needs to be cut through the heart. Now this little one.. I dont know.
Some erios also produce runners but I doubt on this one.
in order for plants to set seed they need to they need to be pollinated by another in order to fertilise the flower.. If the seeds you got are from the same plant, this may not be possible as plants generally have defensive mechanisms against inbreeding.
So you may only be able to reproduce the plant via vegetative means. i.e. When val sends a runner and sprouts a "new" plant, which is essentially a clone of the original.
Best to try and figure out how you can pollinate it before you go pulling the flower apart to minimize loss.
Maybe try sourcing seeds or plants from 2 or 3 different places (hard, I know, with such a rare plant, but where there's a will there's a way) and have them growing nearby and hope for the best?
Best of luck mate
You are absolutely right. Pollination needs to take place. You may be right about the inbreeding concept but I am not too sure on that.
I am glad that they all are flowering at the same time. There would be a lot of pollen to fertilize each other B)
Hoping for the best
Grab a paint brush and brush each of the flower? Might as well give it a shot.
Hahaha.. That's another nice idea. It wont hurt I guess. The flower buds are taking so long to grow and open up. Once they are open. I will do this.