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Offline abby

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Pollen Collection and Storage
« on: November 23, 2009, 13:15:24 PM »

Although I used a Daylily in this example, the method is applicable to other plants

1. Collecting Pollen



Remove one end of a cotton wool bud and tease the other end

Collect the pollen onto the cotton wool bud

Fertilize the stigma


2. Protecting the Stigma



To prevent contamination the pollinated stigma is  covered with either foil or straw cap as seen above.

The straw cap is made from a drinking straw cut into pieces and heated at one end with a lighter and pressed together.


3. Drying of Pollen



Allow the collected pollen to dry by standing the cotton wool buds

upside down until dry.


4. Storage of Pollen



Place dry pollen into a small marked clip lock bag.

Information on the bag should include variety, ploidy, habit, colour and date.

The clip lock bags are placed into a bubble bag which goes into a larger clip lock bag and then placed into a freezer.

This procedure should extend the viability of pollen to be used next season.


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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 18:06:48 PM »

Abby, you are organized!!!  :good:

I gather the pollen I'd like to use later in matchboxes  :-[  and those I put into the deepfreeze.  :-[


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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 18:26:29 PM »
Nice Abby!
I use buds too, but I'm cheaper than you, I cut them in half so that I can use both ends.
I also use empty gelcaps which work well.

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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 20:49:49 PM »
Thanks Abby, I have been thinking to store other pollen than Clivia, but have not done so yet.
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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 11:42:48 AM »
Wow, thank you very much Abby. I am learning something new every day!

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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 12:11:21 PM »
Thanks for sharing Abby - very interesting  :good:
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Re: Pollen Collection and Storage
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 07:37:53 AM »
Thanks guys
There is nothing new in this method, it is the total system presentation that provides for time efficiency and convenience, having the tips with pollen ready to go and the ability to be able to protect the stigma at the same time.

With this system I can outsmart and outdo those pesky Native Stingless Bees. ;D
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