How to hand pollinate Morning Glories?
Could you tell me if the following idea is a good one or if you think it is a waster of time.
Since the Japanese MG produce so few seeds, I wonder what you think of this idea to attempt to pollinate some of the flowers and possibly increase the number of seeds.
A friend and I thought about buying at least 50 really cheap kids paint brushes. labeling each paint brush with the name of the MG that we are growing and store each one in it's own ziploc baggie.
then as we have at least 2 blooms at a time on a vine, very carefully moving pollen from one flower to another on the same vine to try a force some pollination to potentially increase the number of pods. By doing that hopefully increase the number of seeds as well.
We would only do this with a few of the flowers and let nature take it's course with the rest.
We would also be extremely careful that we used the correct labeled paint brush and store it in it's correct ziploc baggie as well.
do you think it has a chance of increasing the seed yield or do you think it is just a waste of time?
Thanks for the help and your thoughts on the attempts to pollinate and increase the seed yield.