Yes, the pollen does stick to the cotton fibers on the q-tip
especially if you twirl it around on the stamen a bit. Hard to see the
light colored pollen, but its there. I get a lot of pods with this
method; more, I think, than using the tweezer method. Also helpful if
you want to insure that there is no contamination from your previous
cross. Just use new q-tip each time you take different pollen.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@...>
> I've heard of that method Laetitia, but have wondered if the pollen
would tend to stick to the Q-tip swab. Does it?
> ~ Margie V.
> Oro Valley, AZ.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: skyland 1
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:19 PM
> Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HYB-how do we apply pollen?
> I found this easy way to pollinate which works great. Especially
> clumsy or unsteady hands.
> I just take a q-tip (a fresh one of course), swab the stamen (you
> to detach it) and then take the q-tip to the desired pod parent
and swab the
> stigma. The results are quite good.
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