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RE: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage
  • From: "michael mahan" <agavestar@covad.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 18:06:21 -0800
  • Importance: Normal

I am going to join the IAS this month ,I was just waiting for the year end
,this advice IS worth gold .looking forward to my membership   THANX AGIN
for everyone help    Mike Mahan Novato,Ca 

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
On Behalf Of Julius Boos
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2004 6:54 AM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage

&gt;From: &quot;michael mahan&quot; &lt;agavestar@covad.net&gt;
&gt;Reply-To: Discussion of aroids &lt;aroid-l@gizmoworks.com&gt;
&gt;To: &lt;aroid-l@gizmoworks.com&gt;
&gt;Subject: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection &amp; storage
&gt;Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 18:32:46 -0800

Dear Mike,

>From MEMORY, as I am unable to put my hands on Aroideana Vol. 26 where
is a wonderful article on the storage of aroid pollen, your best bet is to 
collect the pollen with a brush when the bloom extrudes it, this will occur 
after the bloom opens, as the sequence is female anthesis, THEN male 
antheses.    It will be very visible, yellow powder or strands extruding 
from the middle or upper regions of the spadix.    Since this bloom probably

will not set seed, you may want to sacrifice it by cutting away 50% or more 
of the spatrhe to the base so as to have better sight of the spadix`s entire

length, you will then be able to see the different regions and know for 
certain the anatomy of that particular species, it will make the pollen 
collection easier, just attach a paper 'collor' to catch any falling pollen,

remove same w/ a paint brush, you may need to moisten the brush w/ sterile 
water which may make collection easier, it will depend on the texture of 
that particular pollen.    I BELIEVE that the article said to store the 
collected pollen in a clean glass vial, so maybe a packet of saran wrap put 
INSIDE a glass jar (to protect from freezer burn) might do, but I`d also try

storing a portion in the regular fridge compartment of my refrigerator, 
another portion in the freezer, especially since you are fairly close to 
having another bloom opening with which to work.   (just in case, try 
self-pollinating the original bloom, you MIGHT get lucky and get some 
fruit!) The pollen must be applied to the lowest portion of the spadix  
which is where the female flowers are located as soon as the bkloom begins 
to open.    I`d then wrap the entire bloom in saran wrap to preserve high 
humidity, just leave a tiny opening at the top for the tissues/bloom to 
'breathe'.    Keep it out of direct sun light, remove the saran after about 
a week, if the entire bloom does not wilt and drop (it is normal for the 
upper male portion of the spadix to dry/rot and fall off leaving the lowest 
portion (femele) to develop fruit), you might be lucky, you will see the 
female flowers developing, getting larger as the fruit form.   In several 
months these fruit will be ripe, change color, and fall off.
This should be a lesson to all you 'lurkers' out there to bite the bullet 
and join IAS, the mags and newsletters, meetings, friends are worth their 
weight in gold to a true aroid lover!
Good luck,

&gt;What would the best way to prepare/process  pollen for storage? &amp; 
what is
&gt;the best way to collect that same pollen ? I have a nova species from
&gt;Madagascar,Mahajanga that is blooming with the flower beginning to 
&gt;,it's about 6 foot tall  . I also have three more tubers of the same 
&gt;that are just now pushing new growth .i want to save some pollen so that

&gt;the other tubers are pushing up a flower I can try my hand at 
pollination .
&gt;I would also be willing to share some pollen .I could use some pollen if
&gt;anyone were to have a flower &amp;/OR pollen ,more than willing to share

&gt;seed that might come of this endeavor .I've read the pages on collection

&gt;this site but the links don't work that have the exact way to do it 
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