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Hybridising- seed parent

Postby Nicky » Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:55 pm

A quick question.
In all the diagrams and photos I have seen of the "proper" way to hybridise, the flower tube on the mother is cut round to remove the stamens.
Wouldn't it be easier just to pull it off all together? and leave the pistil fully exposed?
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Postby Xena » Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:02 am


I have pollinated using both methods, sometimes if you pull off the blossom (rather than cutting round it) the pistil comes off with it.

Either way I probably have only a 50% success record. Think its more important to pollinate at the right time and I have no idea when that is.
I'm sure it varies with each strep.

If you have a few blossoms open and enough pollen you could pollinate different blossoms over the course of a few days which should increase your chances.

It always seems when I want to hybridize a plant that it only has one flower, and same of the pollen plant, so I don't get a second chance.

Sorry I can't be of more help. Xena
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Postby Nicky » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:42 am

I have been making my first attempts at hybridising recently, and although I cut round the fist ones, the others I just pulled it off. I'll have to wait and see.
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