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Re: Hybridizing

  • Subject: Re: [IGSROBIN] Hybridizing
  • From: "Cynthia S. Lohry" <Hedgehug@AOL.COM>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 02:18:46 EDT

I asked Jay Kapac (angel hybridizer) how he transferred the pollen on his
plants and whether he agreed with the book I had read that using a paintbrush
was the way to go.  He said the problem with using a paintbrush was that not
all the pollen would be transferred and that you ended up with "dirty sex" if
you worked with more than the two plants and could not be sure what pollen
was fertilizing which recipient.  He uses a forceps to remove the entire
pollen covered bits and then wipes them onto the other plant, discards the
bits, and dips the forceps into alcohol and wipes it clean before going to
the next plant.

Can someone refresh my memory ... what is the rule about whether it is the
pollen-contributing plant or the seed-bearing plant that influences the color
and size of the resulting offspring?

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