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Re: [aroid-l] Pollen storage

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Pollen storage
  • From: "Bryant, Susan L." SLBryant@scj.com
  • Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 07:57:12 -0600

Oddly enough, someone on another email list just posted this. 

One of our members has been surfing the net for information on storing
pollen and this is what he's gleaned:
No1. FIRST DRY POLLEN BEFORE YOU FREEZE IT, either under a lamp for 24 to 36
hours or in a warm wind protected spot for 3  days, pollen containing
moisture can burst its cells when freezing,LOSING ITS VIABILITY.
 No2. CORRECT WAY TO STORE POLLEN, fill a test tube or similar container
(film spool plastic container gel capsule) 1/2 full with moisture drying
crystals, place DRIED pollen anthers containing the pollen in paper NOT
plastic(pollen still needs air) roll up and insert in container, be sure it
seals properly, the pollen thus treated can be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3
months,or frozen for use in years to come.
                           No3.THAW THE POLLEN ,to room temperature before
use,approximately 1/2 an hour, all plants respond well to their respective
frozen pollen that has been treated properly.

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