Sprekelia howardii

sussli@netscape.com sussli@netscape.com
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 17:54:32 PDT
Hello Doug,

I was absolutely dumbfounded by your post where you describe that you microwave any pollen collected for 20 seconds before storing it in the refrigerator for future use. Is that micro waving done at 100% power? Does that not completely fry the pollen making it sterile and what is the main purpose for this procedure? When you mix the pollen, I presume you are talking about pollen from other flowers of the same species, which was also micro waved? And if it does work, can this method also be used for other plant families, say succulents or gesneriads? Thanks.

Gene/San Francisco.

--- eagle85@flash.net wrote:

From: Doug Westfall <eagle85@flash.net>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Sprekelia howardii
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 13:05:37 -0700

> Jim Shields,

I have tried to self pollinate the first flower and I took pollen from 
a S. Orient red, micro waved it for 20 sec. and mixed that with pollen 
from the second bloom. I now have a small amount of pollen saved in the 
refrigerator for the future and/or to trade with someone else.

Is there no Mexican botanist out there who could help us with a few 
bulbs, some pollen, or something?


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