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RE: Fw: Need hybredizing help.

  • Subject: RE: Fw: Need hybredizing help.
  • From: "Mary Chastain" <mc_hosta@Bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 07:15:39 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

I always collect the pollen the evening before I plan to use it. The house
is warmer so the pollen is ripe and ready for use very early in the morning.
I also cover all flowers that will be pollinated in the evening at the time
I am collecting the pollen.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com
[mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of HIEESML@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 12:19 AM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: Fw: Need hybredizing help.

In a message dated 6/15/01 6:51:40 PM Central Daylight Time,
samk52@earthlink.net writes:

<< hanks Layne,  do you mean I should get the pollen in the evening?
 I leave for work at 6:00 in the morning, start work at 7:00 and go on
 first break at 9:15.  Do you think I could collect the pollen before 6 in
 the morning
 and pollinate at that time too?  This is going to take some juggling.  How
 should the pollen be?  How long does it take to dry?
 Thanks again!
 IGLH >>


Sorry for the late reply, I've been out of town.

I am about an hour behind you. I leave at 7 start work at 8. I get out to
garden in the morning while the coffee is brewing. With a scissors I snip
the pollen I want to save onto a 1/4 sheet of paper & set in the house. I've
written the name of the pollen on that sheet. I then take the pollen I want
to use out & after removing the anthers & flower petals apply the pollen to
the stigma of the prospective pod parent.

You will find that you can make a few crosses, collect your pollen, do your
labeling, get your thermos filled & be out the door in less than a half
The saved pollen is ready to be put away when I get home & usually I do that
prior to going to bed. You need to make your crosses before the bees so I
think it should be done in the morning.

Last year was my first attempt at this so I'm no expert but what I did
to work. There are many, many out there with a lot more experience than I.
Please someone jump in if I'm giving some poor direction.



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