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Unread 12-22-2010, 06:37 PM
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Default Storing cattleya pollina (pollen)

I am having a hard time getting stored pollen to take.. When I propagate with fresh pollen, no problem, the flower takes nearly every time. However, when I use stored pollen, (even a month or two old), the stigma just molds and the flower dies.. Any suggestions- currently I store it in a piece of wax paper in a pill bottle with some dessicant packages.. Maybe too dried out? Any suggestions from experienced hybridizers?

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Have you tried putting it in the fridge?
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Sorry, yes I forgot to mention that I am keeping it in the fridge. Micah
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Oh my.

Have you tried it in a supersaturated CaCl solution?
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Or you may want to desiccate the pollen then put it in the fridge without the desiccator baggies in a sealed pack.
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Oh my.

Have you tried it in a supersaturated CaCl solution?
This doesn't forever sterilize everything?
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I got some seeds in it in the past. They said it is a good long-term storage for the seeds. It should work for the pollen too.
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Try rehydrating it a day or two in advance. Opning it up in the greenhouse should help.

I don't worry too much about drying it, just don't store it with the anther cap still attached.
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