Daylilies forum: How long does pollen last???

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 30, 2016 6:26 AM CST
This question has been on my mind every bloom season ....

I collect the anthers with stigma and pollen attached and lay them on a paper plate inside my house (in a/c). I've tried freezing the pollen but not sure if that ever works. If I leave the anthers/pollen on the plate instead out in the open a/c, how long will it last before it is no longer any good?
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Name: Peter
Allentown PA (Zone 6b)
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Nysbadmk8
Apr 30, 2016 8:23 AM CST
2-5 days.

Refrigerate it... it'll last all season.

Some of the more seasoned pros here can give you some suggestions... But I have personally heard of frozen pollen being good for 5 years.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 30, 2016 8:28 AM CST
Peter - Thank you!

Refrigerate it, not freeze it .... to last all season?
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Name: Peter
Allentown PA (Zone 6b)
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Hybridizer Region: Pennsylvania Daylilies Vegetable Grower
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Nysbadmk8
Apr 30, 2016 12:15 PM CST
You could freeze it also. The information out there seems to be mixed on refrigeration from people saying it lasts 10 days, to some saying it lasts all season.

I've heard firsthand from a reliable source that you can refrigerate it and use it all season.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Apr 30, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Thank You! Thumbs up
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