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Re: hybridizing for kids

  • Subject: Re: [cg] hybridizing for kids
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 21:33:11 -0400

----- Is there anyone who would recommend a plant with reproductive aspects
that would be easily fertilized by children 10 years of age?

I'd recommend using two very different summer squash.  It's important to
tape the blossoms shut the night before they open. (The blue low tack
masking tape works well.)  And then be sure they can tell the female flowers
from the male flowers.  And be extra extra sure they cut off the male
blossom and carry it to the plant with the female flower and not vice versa.
Then they need to retape the female flower so there is no additional random
pollination by bees.  Male flowers may be then used in a squash blossom
recipe if you like.  Ashworth's book on seed saving is helpful if you'd like
more info.

Sharon
gordonse@one.net


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