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Protecting the Pollen!  (...and the Pods?)

By Polymerous
September 8, 2016

Every morning during daylily season, it has been a race to get to the daylilies and get their pollen before the marauding carpenter bees swoop in and steal it. Here is how I finally foiled them.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Sep 7, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Great tip and great photos, Polymerous !

Here's another place to buy organza bags, with similar prices and sizes. Their photos also look similar!
http://www.yourorganzabag.com/organzabag.htm
They have some 7 cent 3"x4" bags. 30 per package.

Patti1957 turned me on to that site.

So now there is ANOTHER use for organza bags!

1. wedding gifts
2. keep seeds from escaping
3. keep pollinators from pollinating a bloom
4. keep pollinators from getting all the pollen
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Polymerous
Sep 7, 2016 10:26 PM CST
...and, if you are like me and sometimes make soap, you can...

5. use the bags to spiffy up and "present" the bar of soap in!

(Thank you for the extra source site! I tip my hat to you. Thank You! )
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 8, 2016 12:21 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Welcome!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Sep 8, 2016 6:40 PM CST
I use the bags to collect seeds from my poppies. I used to be either too late or too early to collect seeds. then read about the organza bags and now I just put a small plastic chip with the color of the poppy in a bag, pop it over the pod when the bloom finishes and wait. I still watch the bags so see when the cap is dry and the seeds are going to spill, then cut them off and put them on my work bench til I have time to actually cut the top off and empty the seeds in the bag. They stay dry (used to mold sometimes in medicine bottles) and healthy. I then dump them in a small creamer container making it easier to pour into small zip locks when they are nice and dry. No mislabeling, no green seeds, no loss of seeds in putting into tiny zip locks. Yeah.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Sep 8, 2016 6:56 PM CST
>> now I just put a small plastic chip with the color of the poppy in a bag, pop it over the pod when the bloom finishes and wait.

I like the small plastic chip!

I use small funnels I make from card stock to get seeds into Zip-Locs.
But you don't need to buy card stock if you save stiff advertising cards or the covers of expensive magazines.

I live in a park with centralized mailboxes, and a trsh can right near the mailboxes. I could harvest tons of advertising-glossy-card-stock if I needed more.


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