I would like links as to how to hybridize and pollinate flowers?

ladyrose65December 4, 2012

I am new to this site. Would appreciate information, website, forum posts. I would like to try to pollinate my flowers this summer. How hard is it to get a new flower or a variation of what you cross pollinate?
(I want to start with Zinnias, cosmos and coreopsis)

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mikep_cfl(z9b FL)

Hey ladyrose!
I did a quick search for you. Go to www.youtube.com and in the search text box at the top type "how to pollinate flowers." There is pleny there to get you started.

I started with daylilies, which are easy. And I work with Amaryllis (hippeastrum) as well - also easy. But I wouldn't know where to start with the flower in your picture.

Good luck

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 10:57PM
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A good new book about hybriding coming out in March is "Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener" by Joseph Tychonievich. You can preorder on Amazon. I just read it and loved it and I'm in the business (of breeding).

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 11:55AM
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Will someone tell me what the embryo of the plant is

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 7:28PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

In botany, a seed plant embryo is part of a seed, consisting of precursor tissues for the leaves, stem (see hypocotyl), and root (see radicle), as well as one or more cotyledons.

Pictures can be found with Google Images searching for "plant embryo" [Doesn't seem to matter too much if you use the quotes or not but they narrow it a bit.]

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 1:28PM
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Thanks Albert that was really helpful! I wasn't able to find a picture like that when I was searching Google.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 1:48PM
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I am a hobbyist zinnia breeder. In order to speed up getting a second generation of zinnias, I have found that it is possible to extract the embryos from green zinnia seeds and plant just the embryos. The embryos come up much faster than if you plant the green seeds, because the seed coat of a green seed is still living and impervious to water.

A planted green seed has to wait for the seed coat to die and become pervious to water before it will germinate. That can take a week or more, while the embryo germination is almost immediate. That technique might work with other plants.


    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 11:26PM
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