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Mar 8, 2013 12:36 PM CST
|First step is to select your trees that are in the same family. So we will start with the Butia Odorata formally classified as Butia Capitata var odarata.|
This palm normally self pollinates as it is unisex. So we emasculate all of the male flowers off of the inflorescence.
Once all the male flowers are removed we wash the inflorescence and bag it so it can not cross pollinate with other nearby trees.
And that is the first step to making a hybrid palm.
Mar 8, 2013 12:39 PM CST
|fascinating - can't wait for the second chapter!|
Mar 8, 2013 12:41 PM CST
|Step two is gathering Pollen from another palm. Which will be the Queen palm. Syagrus|
We then take this pollen and introduce it to the flower we emasculated. There are several methods most people prefer using a type of paint brush and brushing the inflorescence with the pollen.
Mar 8, 2013 12:45 PM CST
|After pollinating we leave it bagged for at least a week to insure there is no other cross pollinating. Here is an inflorescence after being pollinated.|
Mar 8, 2013 12:49 PM CST
|3 months later and you are ready to harvest the seeds.|
Mar 8, 2013 12:53 PM CST
|Sew the seeds and wait for another 3 months for them to sprout.|
Mar 8, 2013 12:56 PM CST
|Then sit back and watch them grow.|
Mar 8, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Mar 8, 2013 5:40 PM CST
|Thank you. You are to kind.|
Mar 8, 2013 6:13 PM CST
|Amazing! That's such great information. What a nice thing you've done, sharing it with us!|
Mar 8, 2013 6:33 PM CST
|My pleasure Bubbles. My mentors have been kind enough to share it with me. They have a wealth of knowledge in plants.|
Mar 8, 2013 7:39 PM CST
|And I'm happy to see you now have two badges|
Mar 8, 2013 7:53 PM CST
|Yes I had time to learn how to use the acorns and how to change my profile.|
Mar 9, 2013 10:15 AM CST
|Thanks for the great step by step Erik. I learned more than how you hybridize palms. The pics really help.|