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Re: Pollen

Could it be timing? I have no experience with hybridizing hostas, but I do
hybridize tropical hibiscus, and one thing that's important with them is
that the stigma is only receptive for a short time during the day the
flower is open. Pollen dries quickly, so must be used as soon as the
antlers dehisce. Pollen can be refridgerated overnight if collected
immediately, but freezing is seldom successful.

Having a lot of bees would increase the probability that fertilization
would occur.


At 10:07 PM 7/5/99 EDT, you wrote:
>For the past few days I have gathered Pollen to freeze for use later this 
>summer.  That is when the temperature drops again.  The heat of the last few 
>days feels as if it could cook the flowers.  I would be interested in
>the different methods that is used by those who practice freezing pollen.
>Another question that I would like ideas and opinion on is, why can the bees 
>set pods on every flower on some plants that I have never been able to get 
>even one pod from crosses that I have made.  At present I am working with a 
>bright gold seedling that has a ventricosa flower.  This plant came from a 
>ventricosa cross.  It has bright red purple bracts along the scape where the 
>red purple flowers grow.  Color combination is interesting.  In early spring 
>the leaves are so bright they look as if they are lighted from within.  I 
>would really like help on this one.  The bees are doing great but I am 
>batting zero.
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