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Re: RE: HYB: Freezing Pollen

I don't bother to freeze the pollen and just keep it in the fridge with a
dessicant. Have had good takes after 6 months and a few after 12 months

Colleen Modra
Adelaide Hills AUST
zone 8/9

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Swann-Young" <MryL1@msn.com>
To: "iris" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 05, 2005 4:13 AM
Subject: [iris] RE: HYB: Freezing Pollen

> All I do to freeze pollen is collect it on generic Qtips, (make sure it's
> dry), put them in a regular envelope (unsealed) with the name or donor and
> date collected, put the envelope in a ziplock bag with at least one
> pouch (I seem to get them in all kinds of purchased products these days)
> store in my frost-free freezer.
> I suspect viabilty will degrade over time.  Late bloomers like Vienna
> have been frozen for next year, so I will get some idea of the limits of
> low-tech method.  I have two zip lock bags now, oncers alphabetically in
> with a cover sheet of contents, and seedling pollen numerically, also with
> cover sheet.  This fall I will add a third bag of rebloomer pollen.
> I've already started the third bag, with pollen from my Sugar Blues X
> Cream repeater.
> BTW, I had lots of balloon pods this year, but no bee pods.  And no, I
> hit every bloom in the yard.
> Making seeds is a lot easier than making sprouts.  I'm experimenting with
> now.
> Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5 - the heat is awful, but the mosquitoes
> worse!
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