Female maturity and Ants
Can I manually open a flower that's close to blooming, and inject it with male pollen from a fully opened male flower, and it get pollinated? I get that the male needs to be mature so it's pollen will work, but if I pollinate the female a few days early, will the pollen still work when the flower gets mature or maybe it won't even need to open at all?
Also, I noticed that freshly opened female flowers attract hordes of black ants like no other! Do the females have some kind of syrup that the ants like or something? The photo on the right was taken after I pollinated her, so many of the ants ran off but you can still see a few! They were all in the centre down near the little organ inside.