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May 7, 2018 3:01 PM CST
La luz, NM
I would like to know when exactly you can take the powder off the hibiscus and pollinate another bloom. Would that be anytime after it opens? After say, using a brush to transfer the powder, what do I do next?
The purpose is to get seeds from the pod...I have never been quite successful. I read on how to do it but it doesn't say "when" to get the powder and "when" it is fertile?

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May 9, 2018 10:10 AM CST
La luz, NM
I guess no one knows...............
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May 26, 2018 6:50 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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We have a Hibiscus forum here, it is under the individual plants list. Perhaps someone there will have an answer for you.

Also, this is a blog on Hidden Valley Hibiscus' site. There might be an answer among the many threads.
http://www.hiddenvalleyhibiscu...
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Jun 4, 2018 5:25 AM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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when the pollen is fluffy it is ready to be dabbed. The stigma will be wet when it's ready to accept pollen. Hope this helps.
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Jun 15, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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I have found the pollen is easier to work with in the afternoon but have never got it to work as the bloom drops off a few days later after they close. i used a q-tip.
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Jul 28, 2018 3:03 PM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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I would say about 10 - 11 am would be a good time; however, some of these aren't compatible with each other. 'Plum Crazy' and 'Turn of the Century' are really difficult to get seeds from. I finally got some, but only a few of my plants would pollinate them. You just have to try and see what happens. I just use a Q-Tip to pollinate mine.
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