Hibiscus forum: anyone crossing their own hibiscus here?

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Jan 2, 2016 1:18 PM CST
I have been trying with several of mine, with no success to date. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION, as always.... Can I save pollen, and have it viable later? Anything special I would need to do?
I am familiar with saving Iris and Daylily and African Violet pollen - I have lots stored...wonder if it is the same with hibiscus? My pollen plant of choice always blooms about 2 months off from the others... and wishes dont make it happen sad to say...
Wyoming (Zone 4a)
Jan 6, 2016 10:04 PM CST
I too have iris and daylily pollen stored since I pollinate and grow the seedlings. I have also pollinated hardy Hibiscus but the only seeds I got was from a white variety. All were seed grown.

I never sowed the seeds so have no idea what the seedling would look like. I don't see any reason why you can't store Hibiscus pollen. All my pollen are in vials then stored in the freezer. But first let the pollen dry over night on a paper plate or napkin. Before freezing, remove the stamen since it is moist.

Be sure that the pollen is ripe when you harvest it. It should be powdery.
Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jan 26, 2016 4:57 PM CST
I've pollinated wild hibiscus with pollen from my Hardy hibiscus I grew from seed at my house , I got seeds and they grew but haven't bloomed yet so I don't know what the bloom will be.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Jan 26, 2016 11:58 PM CST
I got tons growing atm, 1 hardy and 18 trops

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