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Re: HYB: Multiple Pollinations

From: IRISROT@aol.com

In a message dated 8/1/99 5:26:43 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
donald@eastland.net writes:

> Hello Folks,
>  Now I'm a bit confused after Walter and Sharon seem to have
>  responded differently to the question.  To clarify what I was
>  thinking I should say I thought a different grain of pollen might
>  fertilize each chamber of the pod, there being three stigmatic
>  lips and three chambers in a pod.  Ergo a different pollen grain
>  from different pod parents per chamber perhaps.  I realized after
>  I posted that many people say it is only necessary to pollinate
>  one stigmatic lip and to get a full pod, so on thinking later decided
>  I might not have been thinking straight.  
>  In short, I guess I need someone to explain a bit of biology to me
>  here.  Birds and bees - that sort of thing.  
>  Donald Eaves
>  d

Hi Donald,

I'm no expert but I have expereinced that you only get the seed in the 
chambers you polinate. I pollinated 3 blooms this year marking the ones that 
I had only put pollen on the stigmatic lip of one chamber...guess what? I 
only had one chamber with seed. I also made sure I had plucked the falls just 
to see if this was true. I'm not saying this wasn't a fluke but I personally 
am beginning to believe we have a few myths we need to try and make an 
accounting. Only my opinion which actually means very little..

                            Jim Loveland, Fenton, MO Zone 5

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