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HYB saving pollen before the rain

  • Subject: HYB saving pollen before the rain
  • From: "loic tasquier" <tasquierloic@cs.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 21:43:03 +0200

The weather has been fantastic here ever since the 1st iris has opened. It's almost the end of the SDBs now.
'They' have announced heavy rain for two days, so i have cropped masses of pollen in margarine boxes, so i can pollinate the IBs and TBs later, when the rain stops!
These boxes are very handy, you can write with a pencil in the bottom , they easily pile up as you crop, then they just need to be spread in order to let the pollen dry.
When i want to pollinate, i select a dozen boxes at a time, and walk around the garden, letting my fancy operate.
No cross really planned. It's only what's left from all the studying during the winter that seems to work.
I'm often quite amazed by the results! 
The only problem is when you don't like margarine....

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