Re: Re: HYB: pollination
In a message dated 6/19/2006 7:34:30 A.M. Central Standard Time,
<<I see filled pods form on a bloom <not> pollinated by me, <after> I've
attempted to set pods on a different bloom, or maybe a slightly earlier
(more fully open) bloom on the same stalk. I think the tiny non-flying
or weak flying pollen eating insects (which are abundant here most years
- I never use insecticides) are traveling around the plant gathering all
the edible pollen they can find and sometimes spread pollen on stigmas
better than I do. Plus they can wiggle into blooms that aren't open, so
pollen may be there, ready to go when conditions are perfect.>>
I thought these bugs were making most if not all of my "bee" pods. Then my
neighbor brought in 2 bee hive and I have pods everywhere! Maybe 3 times the
<<There is also the reported effect of stimulating better pollination by
using mixed pollen to 'prime' fertilization.>>
I've never understood why people put mixed pollen on an iris! Not a method
I've used since I like to know the parents of my irises.
Since I've moved out here, I've had two pods that fit your description. I
made a cross and later a pod showed up at another location on that stalk.
Three have bloomed and the results looks like what I would have expected from my
The others will bloom next spring. Cross made was (1610-2:Another Bridge x
Visiting Royalty) X Louisa's Song. Nine seed resulted from this cross with
100% germination. Will I be able to tell if the cross is the one I made? In
this case I could have simply removed the tag too quick, thinking it didn't
take! I don't think there is any way to tell.
This year has blown my theories about most bee pods being "selfs."
<<Example - attempts to set pods on a few open blooms on HELEN COLLINGWOOD
with ROMANTIC EVENING pollen were unsucessful - <but> a bee pod formed
on an unpollinated (by me) bloom that produced seedlings that look
<very> much like the pollen parent was ROMANTIC EVENING.>>
Lots of FUN!
If you don't cross them, you can't plant them!
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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