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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Mar 18, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Ok...I've got a question for all you pollen daubers! I have read many times that you can store pollen from early blooming varieties to cross with later blooms and you can even ship pollen to trade with other people. So my question is how do you store it? What kind of containers will keep from rubbing off the pollen? Do you refrigerate it? How long will the pollen stay viable? And do you have any other tips you can share?
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 18, 2015 10:24 AM CST
I have only heard about it, but never tried it. I'm too much of a beginner to be of much help.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 18, 2015 10:33 AM CST
I ,also, only know "what I've read", but......what I gather is , the anthers are placed in small envelopes ( I assume those little 'waxed paper'" ones, like seeds are sometimes in), and then placed in a padded mailing envelopes ,and mailed off . I suppose to store it for "home use', you would want to refrigerate it (or possibly even freeze it Shrug! ) , I think as long as it is kept dry enough to not get moldy...it should be alright. Lucy, or Dee would know much more about it...and have "practical" experience!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 18, 2015 12:49 PM CST
We use coin envelopes & put them in a container with a drying powder in the frig to use later on during the season. I was given the silicon envelopes to freeze pollen, but have never done so.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Mar 18, 2015 1:23 PM CST
I'm not familiar with coin envelopes...I assume I can get some at the local coin shop?
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Mar 18, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Yes, Marilyn.

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iciris
Mar 18, 2015 2:07 PM CST
Marilyn, coin envelopes are a small (about 2 1/2 inches by 4 inches?) manila envelopes. You can also get them at a stationary store.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 18, 2015 3:50 PM CST
Available at Staples.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Mar 18, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Thanks everyone! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Mar 21, 2015 10:12 AM CST
Probably also at Michaels or any other craft store as well..
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Mar 21, 2015 11:31 AM CST
Good. Even my busted up arms can manage small plant parts and small envelopes. Weeds may abound this year, but I will have fun making seed pods. Big Grin
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Mar 21, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Agreed!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 22, 2015 10:53 AM CST
That's a great attitude, Linnea, and staying positive is important while healing. I often have to remind myself to focus on what I can do rather than what I can't.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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