hand-pollenating Moraea with a Q-tip and a botanical latin glossary

Jadeboy48@aol.com Jadeboy48@aol.com
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:00:18 PDT
One thing no one has brought up is how to prevent you flower from being  
pollinated by the wrong pollen plant.Get you pod flower ready by bagging it in 
a  bag made from nylon panty hose material. Some pollinaters will force 
their way  into closed flowers!! As soon as the bud is big enough to easily 
open remove the  stamens from the flower/every one. Then rebag and wait unles 
the bud matures and  becomes receptive. When most flower buds are ready to be 
pollinated the stigma  gets sticky, not dry. The pollen has to sprout on a 
moist surface or it dies. Do  not ever put water on the stigma to get it 
moist,it will do this on it own time.  After placing the pollen on the stigma 
rebag at once. No other pollinators can  move pollen to your stigma because 
the nylon mesh keeps everything out. When I  pollinate I remove every stamen 
from the entire flower I am working with. I have  used this method since 
nylon hosiery was invented (a very long time ago). Nylon  works well because it 
is so light weight it will not damage the flowers. Before  nylon you could 
use silk or fine muslin to bag. By bagging you don't have to  slice up the 
flower parts. I think some pollinates fail because the flower you  are 
pollinating is badly damaged. In some years I would pollinate several  thousand 
flowers, so I have a lot of experience with everything from  orchid,daylilies 
and irids. Everyone considering doing this kind of job needs to  read a book 
on flower anatomy so you know exactly where the stigma and pollen  are. 
Sometimes pollen is very well hidden to people. Then assemble your tools  
(paintbrushes/artist size are great for moving pollen). Botanist have found the  
most fertile time for a flower to receive pollen is between 11am and noon on 
a  warm, sunny day. Rain can ruin all your work! Be patient when trying to 
make a  new hybrid because some take a lot of pollinations to produce one 
seed. Good  Luck! Russ Hintz
In a message dated 3/26/2013 8:21:26 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
gastil.buhl@gmail.com writes:

And here  is another illustration of where the stigma is, this time on 
which  have flowers similar in shape to Moraea. 
Here, on our own PBS wiki,  photographs with annotation by David Pilling  
click on 'Show  pollination and flwoer structure details...'

I have looked at Iris  flowers up close for decades and not until now have 
I though to look for the  stigma. 
Once you know where to look it is easy but it is not so easy to  describe 
without illustrations.

-  Gastil
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