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Re: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage PRESERVATION OF OVER WATERED BULB AND RELATED ISSUES OF ROT AND DECAY

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage PRESERVATION OF OVER WATERED BULB AND RELATED ISSUES OF ROT AND DECAY
  • From: "Greg Dorst" <gregg1-@charter.net>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 18:31:06 -0600

I have through posts here gathered sufficient information and with a a bit of trial and error found a way to "stop rot and decay" dead it its tracks and preserve bulbs even with limited remaining tissues. Beyond that.... have not got that far. would be pleased to provide you with information and see if same works for you.
Gregory L. Dorst

----- Original Message ----- From: "michael mahan" <agavestar@covad.net>
To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 8:02 PM
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] amorphophallus pollen collection & storage

OK Thanx for everyone's advice on this !! you all have been a real help ! here's the story the Madagascar nova bloomed took all kinds of photos ...i had over watered it, rookie mistake & just as it was putting out a smell disaster..the stem broke at the soil level the bloom hit the greenhouse floor {had taken up too much water ??} ,the stem still had about 1/3 to a 1/4 total of skin tissue still attached so I let it be . just cut the spathe to take more photos ... 3 days pass & then smell returns, my hopes return too!!! .was stinky for 2 more days .suddenly the smell stops this morning looked at it no pollen ,checked it agin at 5:00pm pollen all over the male parts ..cut the bloom off too make it easy to move to the house.then cut the spadix off at where it attaches to the spathe ,some pollen falls on spathe .holding the spadix I just tapped it to let the pollen fall on a sheet of new clean copy paper .it all falls of easily turned the spathe over & do the same agin .collected all into 4 bindles made of same copy paper ,wrapped in tin foil & then into a clean small jar into the refer they all go will put some in to the freezer tomorrow to allow the paper to absorb the h2o I have 3 more bulbs pushing stems not sure if all will bloom ..am into sharing ... Mike Mahan , Novato Ca plz email me at agavestar@covad.net

-----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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