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Jul 29, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Weather it be hardy or tropical , I am doing everything correctly I think. Q tip to the pollen, and rubbing it all over other plant, not same plant, different 1. I am trying to cross my summer storm with my red mallow. Nothing happened, fell off like normal. What am I doing wrong?
Brenden
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Jul 29, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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One possibility may be timing. When I started trying to hand pollinate mine this year, I would go out in the morning before work. Very few set, but when I started coming home for lunch around 11:00 am I started having success. There were still some that did not set, but my success rate went up tremendously.
It could also be the plants themselves. My wild H. moscheutos and H. laevis had a high rate of success, but my H. dasycalyx and H. moscheutos 'Luna Pink Swirl' only set a couple of pods.
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Jul 30, 2015 4:23 AM CST
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Hmm, timing. The odds of that. So far, I have done it around 5 pm after I get out of work.
Brenden
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Jul 30, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
It may be to late in the day.

In this Daylily Hybridizing article that was posted a couple of days ago @Lalambchop wrote,

"When doing your crosses, be aware of the temperature. Stomatic fluid starts flowing at about 80 degrees. It's what comes out of the end of the pistil to activate any pollen that is there. After a bit it dries and seals off the end of the stile. Once the tip is sealed it won't accept any more pollen. You need to have your chosen pollen in place before the tip is sealed."

This info is about Daylilies but, I would guess that it would be similar for other plants as well.
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Jul 30, 2015 7:04 AM CST
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Hmm. Very interesting. So here in Michigan, 80 degrees, the peak would be around 3. Dam I don't know, judging by that article. You would think that I was doing it correctly. Regardless of species.
Brenden
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Jul 30, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
Assuming that 80 degrees in applicable to Hibiscus also, that would be when the fluid begins to flow, but then it dries preventing any further pollination. If you are pollinating after it has dried then it is to late. Again I am new to this myself and only guessing at possibilities that might be causing your problem.
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Jul 30, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Name: Ashton & Terry
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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With daylilies the pollen is all dried out by noon on a hot day.
With daylilies waiting till the evening on hot day, chances are you will not get a seed pod.
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