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By andynorth
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In researching pollinating Sarrs I read to only use natural brushes as the pollen will not stick to any others. Does anyone know where to find small natural paint brushes? Everything I am seeing are nylon brushes. Thanks for the help.
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By ChefDean
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The pollen will stick to synthetic bristles, you just want to make sure it's clean. Any chemicals from use or manufacture will be the cause the pollen fails.
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ChefDean wrote: Mon Apr 22, 2024 6:26 pm The pollen will stick to synthetic bristles, you just want to make sure it's clean. Any chemicals from use or manufacture will be the cause the pollen fails.
Thank you. I was beginning to wonder if I need to special order them from somewhere.
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By DragonsEye
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If you really wanted to be “thrifty”, you can even just go ahead and take a small lock of hair from a pet, yourself, etc. to use for the bristles and just use some tape to tape it around small toothpick/dowel or if you have a small piece of metal that you could crimp, which would be a tighter fit, you could crimp it so that The bristles would hold onto it. Heck I imagine you could even use a flight feather from a bird and it would probably do just as well. You might have to trim it down a bit so it fits that small space
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By steve booth
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Yep, I use cotton buds too, I find it easier to direct the pollen on something that is rigid rather than loose and wobbly. Plus you can drop them in a ziplock bag and pop them in the fridge easier than with a paint brush

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