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Jul 8, 2014 6:42 AM CST
I would like to know if its possible to collect pollen and store it for future use? If yes, do I just put it in a ziplock baggie and store in the freezer? Suggestions greatly appreciated.
Jul 8, 2014 7:41 AM CST
|Oh yes. Definitely possible.|
Personally, I collect the anthers and let them dry (if I snag them early in the morning) for up to 24 hours. Putting them under light will help them open and release the pollen. I then put them into a microfuge tube and flick it repeatedly with my finger to release the pollen from the anthers. Remove the anthers and freeze.
To pollinate with this pollen I take the tubes out of the freezer and let them warm slightly. Then I use toothpicks that have a flattened end.
Jul 8, 2014 7:53 AM CST
|Great idea James |
Jul 8, 2014 3:39 PM CST
|I use a method quite similar to James’. Where we differ is that I harvest the whole stamen (anther and filament) and take it into my house. (In late May or later, even at 7:30 AM it can be too hot here to work comfortably outdoors.) Then I separate the anther from the filament and let the anther and pollen dry in place together. The following morning, I place the anther containing the pollen into the micro-centrifuge tube and store in a freezer. To use the pollen, I tap the edge of the opened tube to get one or two anthers into a small dish or cup, allow it to warm to outdoor temperature, then pick up an anther with a tweezers and use that to deliver the pollen to the flower and dab it on. There have been a few times that the pollen seems to dry to the anther and can't be transferred, but I’ve been successful with this method more often than not.|
Jul 8, 2014 5:07 PM CST
|I do roughly the same as Larry does and have decent success. |
It's my cats world, I'm just here to open the cans.
Jul 8, 2014 6:52 PM CST
|On this same line, I've always been curious how long the pollen stored in freezer would be good?|
For my pollen dabbing, I'm a lazy gardener with too much work. I use a 7-day pill box container to harvest the pollen. I fill a cotten swab with as much pollen as possible and use that for pollenating. I cut the cotten swab in half or shorter so that it fits in the pill box.