Tecophilaea pollination

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Sat, 04 Mar 2006 09:29:52 PST
On Mar 4, 2006, at 7:24 AM, Jim McKenney wrote:
> But I don't see obvious anthers or stigmas. Are they buried down in  
> the
> flower? Will I have to tear apart the bloom to get to them?
> Any advice from more practiced hands will be appreciated.

I have found that when I take a small soft paint brush and twist in  
down into the center of one flower and then twist it down into the  
center of another flower, and continue this from flower to flower,  
they form nice fat seed pods later on. If I don't do this, I get  
smaller seed pods and often no seeds at all. And I don't have to tear  
apart the flower either.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA, USDA Zone 10a

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