I use an old dried up flower to pollinate a new flower

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C And D
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I use an old dried up flower to pollinate a new flower

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So often the flowers on my assortment of plants won't flower at the same time.

So I dig some dried pollen out of a dried up flower and use it to pollinate another plant.

It seems to work well if the old flower isn't too old, but I have tried using last years pollen on some flowers, not sure if it worked or not.

Some flowers close up so tightly and fast that the pollen is a gooey mess as the flower wilts,
so if i have another flower I want to pollinate in the future, I will try and open the flower up so the insides will dry out and I can use the pollen next week.
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lei1201
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Re: I use an old dried up flower to pollinate a new flower

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Wow, can't believe the dried pollen still work!

Is it work for Conophytum or Bulbine species?

How to keep the dried pollinate?
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Re: I use an old dried up flower to pollinate a new flower

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Pollen is surprisingly durable, its cell walls are so tough it remains identifiable in millions of year old sediment - https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/70156817

For longer storage it's recommended to freeze it, works with most plants - https://ucanr.edu/repositoryfiles/ca707p12-71852.pdf
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Anyone has any experience with pollen storage to share?
I have had many flowers opening with a gap of one or two weeks between them. I would like to use the pollen of the earlier flowers to pollinate the later ones, but I'm not sure how to store it (plastic or paper , room temp or refrigerator, etc). Thanks for any input.
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