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Re: Bee Pods

Lynn W Woosley wrote:
> The bearded (TB, IB, SDB) pods look to be true bee pods.  They are quite
> filled out and appear similar the the pods on iris I have deliberately
> pollinated in years past.  I will know more when I open some of them.  I
> can't comment on the pseudacorus, LA or Dutch, this is the first year I
> have had blooms on them, much less seed pods.  Time will tell, I guess.
> I wonder if the large number of pods is due to 1) the stronger than
> normal winds we had during bloom season causing more self pollination, 2)
>  the carpenter bees that have been hanging out in my garden, 3)
> hummingbirds, or 4) some other reason?  Maybe I have pollination fairies
> at work here?  Seriously, though, I do wonder if carpenter bees are
> effective pollinators for TB.  They can be large, like bumblebees.  They
> are known to be valuable pollinators for other crops, but I have never
> heard them mentioned as pollinators of iris.
> Lynn Woosley
> Home Delights
> Marietta, GA
> lynn.woosley@juno.com
> On Sat, 13 Jun 1998 05:57:30 +0000 Walter A. Moores wrote:
> >>
> >>         Lynn, are these bee pods or balloon (air) pods?  I have had
> >a lot
> >> of balloon pods in a patch of over six hundred bearded plus
> >seedlings this
> >> year but have three bee pods. Balloon pods don't fill out or get
> >fat.
> >> There are 'depressions' along the 'seams' of the balloon pods, and
> >when
> >> you open one, there may be tiny, undeveloped seeds that resemble
> >grains of
> >> salt.

  • References:
    • Re: Bee Pods
      • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>

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