alabama wrote:from my experience in cross pollination of other flowers
cant you keep pollen on a cotton ball in a jar? and it will stay good?
that has worked for me with all kinds of other flowers and they pollen was still just as good as when i first got it when i used it for cross pollination.
Hi Collection of pollen from Heliamphora flowers is a bit of a process , using a tuning fork, timing is paramount as the pollen is ripe for a short time , ,and only after the flower has been pollinated or even its its not been pollinated it seems.
The flower is ripe to pollinate before the pollen is ripe in the flower , so your first flower will not be pollinated, its just to collect the pollen, for self pollination or ready for cross pollination's ,this is a learning experience for me to, so if I find some thing has not worked or needs to be changed I will do so as I go, so far what I have been doing seems to be working
with pollen storage I tried it on paper in the fridge but it was had to work it when it was cold ?? seems best at air temp, easier to apply, so now I buzz it on to the inside lid of a specimen jar ,and keep the jar inverted in a storage draw in my green house ,as the flowers open some 3 to 4 weeks apart some times less , so the pollen doesn't need to be stored for a long time , but I guess this apply if you have many plants , if only one or 2 plants it could be different if you need to store the pollen for some time , but I find for me the flowers come very regularly and for most of the year ,if lot's of sun in available.
Have no experience with heliamphora pollen storage as yet , guess it will be trial and error for that one , did read that some have stored it in the fridge for some period of time warped in tinfoil and a zip lock bag ?? but as I dont need to yet it may be a process I will have to do at some time further down the track, sorry not much help there !! may be I will do a trial and see how it stores as I have lots of pollen on hand ,as the different plants produce flowers this spring will do collections and trial storage , and will post what I fine as I go,as I try more cross pollinations , should be interesting but time consuming !!