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Re: storing pollen

  • Subject: Re: storing pollen
  • From: Bill Nash <raffi@sympatico.ca>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 22:30:18 -0400

At 10:12 PM 04/08/2002, Mr. Robert Axmear wrote:
Hi Bill
What is the longest you would guess you have stored pollen, from one
year to the next or even more?
``` Hi Bob, every year I say to myself, that I am going to freeze pollen from the latest to bloom types, to be used on the earlier bloomers the following summer; and yet, when autumn rolls around it seems like I either forgot my motives, or there are too many other things to get done before snow flies?
       As of June 2002, I will be home from work full time (retired-gentleman?) so maybe I shall get around to the above project trials...
       I've only saved pollen for several months, like for example, taken from early bloom-types for use on later season bloomers, but it seems going the other way round i.e. late flowering types into early bloom kind streakies the next year, makes more sense -- don't you think.  Mind you, using early bloom pollen on late types, like say longipes and/or fragrant types, might get us some earlier flowering frags or longipes (early flowering?) kinds..which might be nice to handle?...

I don't see why pollen could not be stored from one year into the next, if we knew how to do it properly, but have not tried it for that length of time?

We do have some Scientists in the hosta-open group here, so perhaps one of them might tell us how long one can store pollen for, in a frozen state?  And possibly, with instruction as to how to store it properly?

sorry Bob <ah'dunno?>

bill nash

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