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

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:42:51 PDT
Some pollens will keep for years if dried and then stored frozen.  There 
are claims that Clivia pollen can be kept viable for more than 5 
years.  Hemerocallis pollen keeps for at least 3 years.  Crinum pollen 
keeps for at least two years.

Hippeastrum and Hymenocallis pollens usually last only a bare one year in 

For long-term storage, both drying and freezing are important.  See:

Jim Shields

At 10:36 AM 3/26/2013 -0700, you wrote:
>I haven't pollinated Moraeas with stored pollen, but I used to keep
>rhododendron stamens in my house for several months - just sitting on
>little dishes.  Iris stamens also, but only for a couple of weeks
>because the bloom time is shorter for iris.  Then I would pick up the
>stamens with tweezers and brush them onto the stigma.

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