In a message dated 5/2/2007 3:02:02 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
<<When you pollinate, you must
strip the girl before you intend any other thing...
You tear of the standards and the
falls, so no bee will ever be interested anymore and your daubing is
Just be careful when you strip the plant this early. The parts are
brittle and break easily. I don't remove the standards and falls, but I
rarely get anything that looks like it doesn't 'fit' the general seed
population. The big bumbys are a potential danger but also the little
It's important to strip the entire stalk once the pods have been set
for awhile. It's easy to knock out a tiny pod if you do it too
early. Strip off all the leaves and spath material. They hold
moisture and encourage rot. You want a nude stalk with pods.
I've found it beneficial to stake the pod parents.
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