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Re: HYB: Pollen

From: "Patrick Orr" <PatrickJOrr@hotmail.com>

Christy, thanks so much for the valuable info.  Is the picture you gave the
link to (where it shows how to debud the flower) one of your paintings?  If
so, you are very talented.  I do not think I will be "depetaling" any of my
iris this year, for I want to enjoy the flower too.  But, I will get them
done by hand early, even if that means opening the flower up. Out where I
live, there has never been much of a problem to worry about bee-crosses, but
I will be choosing my crosses carefully as well, so that there are "markers"
that should come through to the offspring if the INTENDED cross takes.

Patrick Orr
AZ - Zone 9

----- Original Message -----
From: J.F. Hensler <hensler@povn.com>
To: <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 1999 4:05 PM
Subject: RE: [iris-talk] HYB: Pollen

> From: "J.F. Hensler" <hensler@povn.com>
> ----------
> From:  Patrick Orr
> At what stage of the iris (TB) flower's developement do the anthers
> dishease the pollen? Or more simply, when does the pollen become light and
> fluffy and ready to use? <<<<
> First things first..... to be certain that no bees have added pollen to
> anthers you plan to use, open the blooms yourself on the papa plant and
> take the anthers inside to finish ripening. Out of direct sun, they should
> be properly fluffy and ready to use anywhere from 4 to 12 hours after
> gathering.
> >>>In addition, when does the stamen become receptive? <<<
> You can pollinate the pod parent as many as 6 days before the bloom would
> open naturally and still get takes. The stigmatic lip holds the pollen
> nicely and may help keep the pollen from drying out, and nature takes over
> when the plant is ready. (I've been playing with "pushing" crosses this
> year just to see how early I can get away with it!)
> I still have the page on the method I use for stripping petals up at htt
> p://www.povn.com/rock/stripshow.html if this would help you.
> The process was perfected using the TBs and works wonderfully with them.
> Whether or not a cross of TB to TB will result in a pod will rely a lot on
> how compatible the plants are.
> Good luck.
> Christy Hensler
> Newport, WA z4b
> http://www.povn.com/rock/
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