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blomma wrote: irisMa,
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I don't own one potato. I don't use them. But will keep it in mind since my daughter uses them.
Anyway, I did read somewhere on Daves that a known hybridizer sticks iris stems in water that were knocked over, the reason I am doing that. I change the water and recut the stem daily.
Natalie, wow, I read the whole article found with your link. Very interesting and informative. He did mention heat being one reason why daylilies don't set pods. I bookmarked that article for future use. Thanks for posting it.
Hmm...I got those little tubes from LA for pollen. They work good but there is something I can't figure out. Everyone, inluding you, use stored pollen successfully. I found that not all pollen will stay loose and fluffy. Only those stamens that produce thick fluffy pollen. Those that produce small anther (or is it antler?) with pollen that never gets fluffy and stays unopened. They stay dried. Even scraping with fingernail don't help. Yet still others, are thick and fluffy but dries hard in storage even though I have allowed them to dry first. I have stored pollen in glassine envelopes before I got the tubes. No different result. It worked for Iris pollen.
What am I missing?
Today nice and cloudy so I hybridized this morning. Son of a gun, you can't win for lose---we had a rainstorm with thunder and lightning. I mean it rained hard. So no way do I know if the pollen remained on the pistils.
I think the pollinators are ants, more than bees here. I now pull off all stamens after I crossed the flower to prevent nature to do its thing. Sometimes I use them on another bloom. Or else store them.
My first ruffled edged, fancy Daylily SPACECOAST KRINKLES (Kinnebrew 1999). Love it!
Edited to add that this Daylily purchased from Blueridge and planted end May 2011, It is its first flower. You bet it has been crossed, both as a pod parent and pollen parent. Notice the lovely thick and fluffy pollen it produced.