Post by Kyle (Carnilvr79) on Jul 11, 2014 2:44:44 GMT 7
I found that there are methods to storing pollen for the long term for plants. Can this be done for Nepenthes? If not why, but if so, then why not?
Not that I am a Nazi Plant Purist, I think it is wonderful the amount of diversity of plants out there. However, coming into this profession and walking through "that door," I found it a bit dizzying looking at all the different amounts of cultivars out there.
I found someone somewhere had said that part of the problem is having two plants, male and female, in bloom at the same time. So instead, a hybrid is made so to not waste the opportunity. But if pollen can be successfully stored for any length of time, wouldn't that increase the window of opportunity to create a healthier and more genetically diverse species population and strengthen a plant's possibility of not going extinct? I mean, isn't there a saying out there that says, "Conservation through Cultivation?" Have we strayed from this mission statement and goal? Before an answer is given, one should check their own justifications used to get to where we are presently. God forbid the Nepenthes world is not as bad yet as the Camellia world!
I love you guys, I really do, and I can clearly see the passion and devotion put into the work we all do. But don't you think there might be new people who come up against the metaphorical Nepenthes and Carnivorous Plant World "door" - people who have just found out about this wonderful "place" and see such a broad myriad of different cultivars, not in person have you, but via images and information on the internet and become so turned off that they might make an emotionally based decision and leave: worst case scenario, or become narrow minded as I may be thought of right now?
I believe, there is a paramount in the decision making process that when a customer is looking for a favorite plant of theirs to love on: for me it was when I saw the N. Villosa on the cover of a book, (I never knew something so beautiful of a plant could exist!), that they come faced with an unfortunate precipice. Thus, I am unsure if the continuation of further diving into the hybrid world is actually the best practice at conserving the endangered? Have we strayed to far? Or should we face the painful choice of acknowledging where we are by looking at where we have come from and take a moment to breathe and truly, honestly, and painfully ask ourselves. Is this the direction we really want to go?
Please forgive me if I have angered anyone. This was not my intent. But I believe I need to address my own mission statement and I feel this issue in that process is an important one for me to discuss.
Some Sincere thoughts and Concerns,