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Preserving cactus pollen
    #3117559 - 09/10/04 06:27 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Today I discovered a little bud hidden in the fluff on top of one of my lophs.
They flower two or three times a year and hardly ever at the same time. I would like to cross pollinate the plants, so I was wondering, if I took the stamens of this flower and saved them in a little ziploc bag, could I use them at a later date to pollinate a different plant? And if so, how long would the pollen be viable?

Any thoughts or experiences with this?


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Re: Preserving cactus pollen [Re: koppie]
    #3117686 - 09/10/04 08:54 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

You can save the stamen in a Ziploc bag, but I have found that it is much easier to store the pollen itself on a small paint brush.

I pollinate my Lophophora with a small paint brush and store the extra pollen on the brush. The brush head can then be placed into a small Ziploc and the hole thing can be placed into the refrigerator. Pollen will maintain its viability longer if it is kept dry and cool.


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Re: Preserving cactus pollen [Re: Arohpohpol]
    #3117994 - 09/10/04 12:21 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

good to know... =D


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Re: Preserving cactus pollen [Re: Arohpohpol]
    #3119567 - 09/10/04 07:23 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks for the tip. I'll try the brush method.


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