HI Bill--Thanks for the information.
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Sent: Monday, April 08, 2002 8:46
Subject: Re: storing pollen
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
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
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" <raffi2sympatico.ca>
At 10:39 AM 04/08/2002,
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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