Microwaving pollen

XYZ2 in Virginia via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:09:41 PST
Hi Uli,

I'd like to second Bob's request and to ask you if you would write-up a summary of the actions you took to successfully microwave pollen for self-pollenating plants.  I am hopeful that I'll be able to apply this technique eventually to Paramongaia weberbaueri at some point in the future. 

Congrats on your success.


Bern in Williamsburg
Zone 7b

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Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2022 4:21 PM
To: Johannes-Ulrich Urban via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Cc: Robert Lauf <boblauf@att.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Microwaving pollen

Congratulations!  This is all very cool and great news to all of us who want to do our part to propagate rare species.  Many of us only have one specimen of lots of species that resent self-pollination and we would nonetheless like to get seedlings to expand the supply and at least do a bit to expand the gene pool.
Could you summarize the procedure that finally worked well for you so the rest of us have a working recipe?
Is there some way that the procedure can be put onto the wiki, written up for our bulletin, or otherwise preserved for future reference?  This is a more important topic than some might think!
Bob   Zone 7  E Tenn where we missed the last snow system but got some cold nights.  Hippeastrums all coming into bud in the greenhouse.

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