Propagation forum: Pollinating Holiday Cactus

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Nov 26, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Has anyone tried to hand pollinate their CC or TC? I met a lady that does it and I am really half tempted to try. Now is the time with them blooming I understand. I know nothing about this and was wondering if there is any information on ATP or anywhere other than what I already got on the internet available for me to research. Links would be appreciated thanks.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 28, 2015 6:13 AM CST
Schlumbergeras are self-sterile, so you would want to apply the pollen of one to the bloom of another.
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Xeramtheum
Nov 28, 2015 7:32 AM CST
Hi Jacquie - I don't grow Schlumbergeras, but hand pollinating flowers is easy! Here is a basic explanation using @dirtdorphins utterly awesome close up of the reproductive parts of a Christmas cactus.

The Male parts of the plants are the Stamen and Anthers. The Anthers are on the tip of the Stamen and hold the pollen then release it when it's ready. The Female part is the Pistil. That's where the pollen wants to go.

In the picture on the left you can see one of the Anthers just starting to release the pollen. On the right the Anthers already have released it. The Pistil is where the pollen needs to go. To collect the pollen you can use cotton swabs, a fine tipped paint brush or pull off one of the stamens with the pollen on the anthers, (won't hurt the plant at all). With your tool of choice, brush the pollen with it and transfer the pollen to your tool. Then gently brush the Pistil so the pollen is transferred to the Pistil.

That's all there is to it!

You'll know if it 'took' if the base of the flower starts to swell in a few days or weeks.

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Name: Alisa
Gresham, Oregon (Zone 8a)
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May 5, 2016 2:06 AM CST
🌵Hi what is the best thanksgiving or Christmas cactus to use for pollinating? For example I have a Cc S. Russelliana the flower opens so the stem is easily to pollinate! ( examples in pictures) are there other holiday cactus just as easy to use? Thank You!


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purpleinopp
May 14, 2016 7:05 AM CST
Does anyone have any seeds forming yet?
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