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GREENSIDEUP
Big Flats, NY
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
8:26 AM

Post #8954124

Does any one know or have an opinion on these Q's?

1. Can I get or save pollen of Robert Bydon to use in breeding? I suspect I should keep the collected pollen in a sealed jar with an anti desiccant ?

2. do you think that I can use the above pollen on Kane types?

3. What types of Begonia pollen might work with the female Bydon blooms?

Thank you, Lee Sherwood McDonald
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 4, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #8954197

Guess I don't know what Robert Bydon is but:

1) you can save pollen for a short time (maybe longer) - put it in a clean, dry container and store in the refrigerator until you need it. It may keep for a couple of months.

2) some crosses can be made between other types but not always. Genetics (number of chromosomes) may not match up but you can try anyway.

3) you should be able to use a similar type of begonia as Bydon for the pollen parent.

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