Re: storing pollen
- Subject: Re: storing pollen
- From: Bill Nash <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 21:46:33 -0400
Hank Zumach..empty plastic film cartridge containers; (which
can be had free from any film developing shop?) -- are quite handy: to
store pollen (and hosta seeds also?) -- inside the FREEZER.
I generally take the foil out of my cigarette package, and wrap the
pollen-sacs inside the shiny side, fold it up and slip it inside a film
cartridge; label it and then pop it into the freezer compartment of my
spare beer fridge in the garage. Non smokers can use aluminum foil,
or any clean & sterile wrapper? RE: POLLINATION VIA BRUSH, I
use a #1 through #3 paint brush, which picks up the pollen nicely from
the foil when needed. I use the cheapest brushes, which are not
camel's hair, simply because the static electricity on the plastic brush
& hairs, when working with this kind of brush, tends to attract
pollen to it's hairs, via some kind of magnetism.
I don't know the pollen viability factor related to freezer storage time,
which pollen will keep for and still be good? HOWEVER, hosta-seeds
on the other hand, stored in an air-tight-container, will keep
germination in tact for 20 years. The oldest hosta seed I have is
dated 1995, and it is still showing good germination, stored frozen since
then, inside preserving jars.
hope this helps
"Bill Nash Guelph Ontario Canada Zone 4"
At 10:39 AM 04/08/2002, you wrote:
appreciate getting some ideas on how to collect and store pollen. I
have some seedlings starting to flower and would like to use their pollen
on some crosses this summer.
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