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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: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 7, 2016 6:43 PM CST
I use the same kind of bags to sequester my Morning Glory's. If the petals tend to get in the way (like with doubles and triples), the night before I take a pair of cuticle scissors and cut off the petals just above the calyx. The next morning when the anther's release the pollen I remove the bag and do my hand pollinating.

I also use the bags around pods so as you said, you won't lose seeds and insect and birds can't get to them.

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Polymerous
Sep 7, 2016 10:23 PM CST
You hybridize morning glories? COOL! I tip my hat to you.

I hadn't thought of removing the petals... however... given that some days there are only a few to one bloom(s), and I want to enjoy the blooms (as much as possible), I probably won't.
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Be a voice - not an echo!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hybridizer Birds Seed Starter Pollen collector
Butterflies Greenhouse Bookworm Bulbs Hibiscus Plant Identifier
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Xeramtheum
Sep 8, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Yes I do .. I also put bags around flowers after I hand pollinate for 2 days so no other pollinators like insects or airborne pollen can contaminate it.

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South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Sep 8, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Nice picture, and yes, the bags will protect the purity of the cross.
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Be a voice - not an echo!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hybridizer Birds Seed Starter Pollen collector
Butterflies Greenhouse Bookworm Bulbs Hibiscus Plant Identifier
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Xeramtheum
Sep 8, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Thanks!
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