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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.
Daylily season is almost done, barring scattered rebloom. This was the LFO on a new diploid seedling; image from 8-17-17.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Butterflies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Seed Starter
Image
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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"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

Albert Einstein
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.
Daylily season is almost done, barring scattered rebloom. This was the LFO on a new diploid seedling; image from 8-17-17.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Butterflies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Seed Starter
Image
Xeramtheum
Sep 8, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Thanks!
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

Albert Einstein

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