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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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Karen
Sep 8, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Polymerous,
That is a wonderful idea!
I have the same problem in my garden, I`m not a early riser either and by the time I get out to pollinate the bee`s have already taken a lot of the pollen.
Will try this. Thank You!
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Polymerous
Sep 8, 2016 3:26 PM CST
You're welcome.

I have had a stash of organza bags here literally for years, and I have been frustrated by pollen-stealing bees for those same years, but I never thought to use the organza bags until this year, when I desperately needed to protect some pollen! Doh! D'Oh!
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Karen
Sep 8, 2016 9:10 PM CST
I do have some little bags that I put bracelets in that I make, those would work good too for those pollen stealers, I know when
I would get out there to make the crosses I would try to fan the bees away.....probably not the best idea! LOL

Thanks again for a great idea!

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