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caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

June 17, 2011
3:53 AM

Post #8635620

The purple pollen from one plant needs to be brushed onto the center of another poppy, right? And I would need to isolate the pods as they are opening so the bees don't get them first? And also cut off all the pollen from the pod parent? This is just my guess about how one would go about it. Anyone here ever done it? I have googled till my eyes crossed, but couldn't find any information.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 14, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #9357943

Yes, that's how you'd do it.
Of course, you wouldn't really be hybridizing; you'd just be crossing varieties.
Zen_Man
Ottawa, KS
(Zone 5b)

December 15, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9359137

"Of course, you wouldn't really be hybridizing; you'd just be crossing varieties."

Crossing varieties is hybridizing. You don't have to be crossing different species or genera to be hybridizing. In fact, I think that most of the commercially available F1 hybrid seeds are crosses within the same species.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 19, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9454763

good going, Zen Man. Give the hybridizers credit for all the different flowers which have been delveloped.

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