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Protecting the Pollen!  (...and the Pods?)

By Polymerous
September 8, 2016

Every morning during daylily season, it has been a race to get to the daylilies and get their pollen before the marauding carpenter bees swoop in and steal it. Here is how I finally foiled them.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Sep 7, 2016 6:43 PM CST
I use the same kind of bags to sequester my Morning Glory's. If the petals tend to get in the way (like with doubles and triples), the night before I take a pair of cuticle scissors and cut off the petals just above the calyx. The next morning when the anther's release the pollen I remove the bag and do my hand pollinating.

I also use the bags around pods so as you said, you won't lose seeds and insect and birds can't get to them.

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Polymerous
Sep 7, 2016 10:23 PM CST
You hybridize morning glories? COOL! I tip my hat to you.

I hadn't thought of removing the petals... however... given that some days there are only a few to one bloom(s), and I want to enjoy the blooms (as much as possible), I probably won't.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Birds Seed Starter Cat Lover
Pollen collector Moon Gardener Hibiscus Greenhouse Dragonflies Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Xeramtheum
Sep 8, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Yes I do .. I also put bags around flowers after I hand pollinate for 2 days so no other pollinators like insects or airborne pollen can contaminate it.

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."

Mark Twain
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Sep 8, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Nice picture, and yes, the bags will protect the purity of the cross.
To mark the winding down of the TB iris season, the current avatar is 'Peppermint Cream'.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Birds Seed Starter Cat Lover
Pollen collector Moon Gardener Hibiscus Greenhouse Dragonflies Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Xeramtheum
Sep 8, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Thanks!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."

Mark Twain

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