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Re: CULT: Pod setting

I'm only an infrequent pollen dabber compared to some of you breeders out 
there, but I have seen a few patterns during my trials and errors.

My best results are when it's cool and cloudy.  Hot sunny days are bad for 
pollinating here.  Early morning seems to work better than evening (don't 
understand this one), but both are better than during the heat of the day. 
 Often, due to circumstance, I only get to pollinate one or two flowers on 
a stalk, and often they are the last.  As often as not, these set fruit 
just as well as if they were the first.  I have noticed that once I have 
one or two pods, later pollination attempts on the same stalk most often 

I've never paid attention before to which flowers on the stalk are more 
likely to set if all else is equal, but when I look at bee pods there is a 
somewhat higher percentage of terminal and near terminal placement than 
lower down, which implies the first flowers do set better, also there are 
usually only one or two bee pods per stalk, rarely more, even if the stalk 
had numerous flowers.  Of course most stalks have no pods at all. 

On the other hand, I just had a stalk of 'Taj Mahal' (one of the last to 
bloom so I put pollen from 'Mildred Presby' on it - the only other one 
that was open).  There were five flowers on the stalk, two the first day, 
one more the next day, and two more two days later.  The first three 
didn't set.  The last two apparently did, can't remember placement on the 
stalk, but I think the first flower was the terminal flower.  Don't think 
any of the 'Mildred Presby' set going the other way.


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