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HYB:"Bee" pods


On a recent visit to the Suttons, I noticed a high percentage of spontaneous
podding in their seedling beds.  George explained: It gets very dry in the
interior valley, and often by early morning all the pollen from an anther
has been dried out and carried off by the wind.  Some of this inevitably
reaches stigmata somewhere and causes a pod to set.  George and Mike also
had cut some stems of potential pollen parents and were storing them indoors
so that not all the pollen would be lost until they could harvest it.

So we might be at least partially incorrect in calling spontaneous pods
"bee" pods.

I seem to have quite a few of these this year, too.  Some are probably due
to large bumblebees, others to wind-borne pollen.


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