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HYB: Saliva on stigmatic lip

  • Subject: HYB: Saliva on stigmatic lip
  • From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 17:40:23 PST

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

Sorry folks, and John, I'm sending that message again, with suitably 
altered subject heading:
><< I had good success moistening the dry stigmatic lips with saliva, 
> pollenating, during a heat spell last November. Previous heat spells, 
> was getting no pods at all, and the saliva moistened ones almost all 
> took. >>
>Return the moisture to dehydrated pollen.  Great tip.  One I had never 
considered.  Thanks   >Betty from Bowling Green

It actually returns the moisture to the dehydrated stigmatic lip. The 
other way, suggested by Sharon McAllister, was to crush, or squeeze a 
fresh stigmatic lip against the one you are trying to pollenate. This is 
OK if you have one. 
I had 75 seeds from two pods from Supreme Sultan, so I got fairly good 
pollenation using this method, when I had been failing miserably with 
all the dry stigmas.
Cheers, Jan

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