Pollen Collection

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Pollen Collection

by Adam » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:53 pm

When is it too late to collect pollen from a VFT flower and for how long is it usable?
Is your VFT experiencing these conditions?

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Re: Pollen Collection

by Ronnie » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:03 pm

I'm sure pollen cells can live upto 12 months and still be viable..
I've heard of people placing them in the fridge/freezer and still having them work after taking them out..
I think them being in the fridge makes sure no bacteria can kill them..

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Re: Pollen Collection

by Ronnie » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:50 pm

Just read you can store it in the freezer wrapped around aluminium until you need it again..

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Re: Pollen Collection

by moof » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:43 pm

Well nobody knows it for sure, please note that when the stigma is "open" to receive the pollen then the anthers on this flower slope down and the pollen on them loses its viability within a few days. If collected, it can be kept for several months in your fridge. I used this method when I wanted to obtain some crosses and the plants were flowering at different dates. I used to cut off the whole anthers and keep them in a small piece of paper, wrapped with tinfoil. It's also a good thing to cut off the anthers of the flower on which we want to use our pollen, to avoid self-pollinating.

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Re: Pollen Collection

by Adam » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:20 am

I will do that with the next flowers!
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Re: Pollen Collection

by kittyklaws » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:21 am

Good luck! :D Sounds like a greast method, moof!
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