Pinguicula caerulea saving pollen

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Pinguicula caerulea saving pollen

by brn_thmbs » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:43 am

I have a single Ping caerulea in flower with one flower that's been open for a little while & another still forming (almost there). Since I only have one & I wanted to try and get it to seed, I was thinking I could just collect the pestles with the pollen on them & save them until the other flower opens & is ready for pollination. I doubt the one that's open now will last until the other flower is ready, I can see it starting to lean its head back which is why I need to act quick.
My question is how do I store the pollen for a few days until the other flower opens?
And secondly, what are the possible repercussions of self pollinating this plant?
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Re: Pinguicula caerulea saving pollen

by Bob Beer » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:26 am

I haven't tried it with Pinguicula (though I'm about to try it myself) but generally pollen can be kept viable for a long time in the freezer. There is more than one approach but what you want to do is carefully remove the anther shortly before the pollen is released (many Pinguiculas don't release their pollen on the first day anyway but they will release it even though you've removed them from the flower), let them dry in a cool dry place for a couple of days, then seal them in a suitable, sealable container and put it in the freezer. You can also use aluminum foil. Of course it's less fiddly with larger flowers (one Brugmansia anther produces more pollen than 20 or 30 Pinguicula flowers) but the principle is the same.

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Re: Pinguicula caerulea saving pollen

by Bhart90 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:50 pm

Holy long tall flower batman!
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