Daylilies forum: Freezing Pollen

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Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
May 6, 2012 10:16 AM CST
We've talked about this before, but for anyone new to freezing pollen, here's a tip Curt Hanson told me about that has worked very well. Place the stamen containing your desired anthers on a cheap paper plate and label them with the name of the cv. I like to use ones that aren't plastic coated but either will do. In a day or two the anthers will be loose and dry while the stamen have dessicated and will stick to the plate. With tweezers place only the anther into a micro tube, label it, and freeze. Reverse tweezers are great for this. Note: Make sure your DH who is cleaning out the basement knows there's frozen pollen in the mini-fridge so he doesn't unplug it!

Here's a pic of the pollen I collected today. My T17 seedling had 6 blooms and several polys today so I giggled when I saw all of it's anthers on the plate. They reminded me of tadpoles.
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Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
May 6, 2012 11:08 AM CST
HA! Did you see my huge collection of paper plates? We do the same thing. Only you are smarter making lines to delineate each father. I try to put tets on the top, dips on the bottom , seedlings on one section etc. And then TRY to put the anthers all going in one direction. Yeah, like that is possible!

Shall remember to make pie wedges this year!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
May 6, 2012 2:50 PM CST
Thanks for the great tip Leslie. Am certainly going to try that this year.
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Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
May 9, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Today's collection. It was a good day. nodding
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Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
May 9, 2012 10:32 AM CST
I really want to try this. Question ?? The antler is the end Correct ?? With the powder on it
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Name: Juli
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daylily
May 9, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Yep. Here is a link to the AHS terms page for Anther....

http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/anther.html
Name: Mona
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monalisa18
May 9, 2012 10:59 AM CST
Hi Shannon. Yes, it is. I'm going to list a link for you that you will find quite helpful if we're not around. I verified my answer with it. Now, please don't stop asking, we love to give you answers, but sometimes you might need an answer and we might be outside playing like a bee, so you should find this helpful.

http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/ImageMap.html

Name: Mona
Guntown, Ms (Zone 7b)
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monalisa18
May 9, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Hi Juli, we're good!!! It took me longer than you and I saw the notice that the thread had another answer while I was looking every thing up. SorRR"""RRYYY!! Big Grin
Name: Juli
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daylily
May 9, 2012 11:11 AM CST
No problem... Your link is to the drawing, correct? That is different that the one I gave, so all is good! Hurray!
Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
May 9, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Good job Ladies.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
May 9, 2012 3:10 PM CST
Leslie, just one question. You said it takes a day or two for the anther to break away from its stem. Will the pollen still be good after being out of the fridge for 2 days or do you put your paper plates in the fridge??
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Name: bb
north of boston on the coast
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lilylady
May 9, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Cynthia, you do not 'have' to wait. I just fingernail the anther off when I first bring it in and it dries fluffy.
Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
May 9, 2012 5:25 PM CST
I keep the plates in our cool basement and yes the pollen is good or as Bobbi says you can just take the anther off.

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