2023 Circle of Excellence
Harvesting male flowers:
Aloha fellow firewalkers!
This pollination went a lot smoother than last time. I found a better fitting wire strainer and canning funnel that fits over my glass jar. I opted for aluminum foil so I can crease it and the pollen slides off better AND I can see it better. It was harder to see on the parchment paper and I had to use a brush to get the pollen off the paper which kicked up some. All done in my closed-door bathroom where the males were located. Spray bottle of water close at hand for post-operation.
Agitate the flowers enough to get any pollen clinging to them. A smaller make-up brush works well in getting things where they need to go. After the pollination, where I used a small paint brush for better targeting, I mixed the rest with flour to assure dryness while in the fridge. I will fertilize some of the SSHxWidows with this pollen tomorrow and then freeze the rest.
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