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Pollen in the mail flower

Posted by JoKuehn Illinois (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 16, 12 at 15:02

Hi All, I want to try hand pollinating. But, when I went to get pollen off of the male flower there is none. I know what it is supposed to look like, so am I too early or late? Also, how can I hand pollinated when the female flower isn't open.... Maybe I am late on that as well?
Thanks,


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RE: Pollen in the mail flower

Hi there. I recently hand pollinated. I had to wait though until I knew a female was going to open the following morning .... when theclosed blossom tip yellowed up.
I followed the pic tutorial here
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/gourds/msg0611545713356.html


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RE: Pollen in the mail flower

Thanks! I will let you know how it goes.


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RE: Pollen in the mail flower

Hi, Well, that female flower I saw fell off and that whole vine faded after that. So, no big Max this year. I do have two more hills though. One plant has two female flowers, so I am watching those like a hawk. I looked over the tutorial and will try that. I have two questions though. One, how do you know the male flower will have pollen. I stuck my finger in a male flower to try to get some pollen to come off and no luck. Is that why you tape it shut? Thanks,


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