> Can you pick off the pollen when the bloom first opens and dry that
> for pollenation? Or must you leave it on the bloom to dry before picking it?
> Is the pollen ever "mature" or "immature", or is it just dry / not dry?
I don't normally use pollen from freshly opened flowers. I usually wait
a few hours or look for 2 day old flowers. Not all varieties will have
immature pollen on first opening. Some varieties pollen looks good on
opening. Rain is a nemisis. If its coming, and you need pollen , get
it before the rain. Heavy dew is bad also. I never tried too much
experimenting. You don't get too many chances sometimes. LLoyd, Sharon
anyone else out there with an opinion.
I would have to say that mature/dry or immature/not dry are synonomus.
For when the pollen is mature it is dry. Unless it rains.
Central California--in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas near Yosemite
Nationl Park -- Sunny today.