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Re: SPEC: I. cretensis

  • Subject: Re: SPEC: I. cretensis
  • From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 20:14:36 PST

From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>

>    I thought that moisture was death to pollen?  That is why my friend  
uses saliva to clean up in between flowers? 
>Dana Brown

The moisture causes the pollen to germinate (if that is the correct 
term) and if this happens while the pollen is on the stigmatic lip, it 
will grow down the 'whatchamacallit', and fertilise the ovum.
I had good success moistening the dry stigmatic lips with saliva, before 
pollenating, during a heat spell last November. Previous heat spells, I 
was getting no pods at all, and the saliva moistened ones almost all 
Your friend may be removing all the pollen from the toothpick, but if he 
leaves any on, and moves straight to another flower, the pollen from the 
previous cross could still possibly fertilise the next flower.
Cheers, Jan Clark, in Australia

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