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Old 05-14-2009, 01:32 PM
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I was woundering if anyone knows of a way to keep pollen for a couple of mounths. So i can make a cross.
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Old 05-14-2009, 03:24 PM
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I store mine folded in a piece of paper towel inside a zip-top bag in the refrigerator.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:55 PM
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How long does it keep.
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:25 PM
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I don't have a good answer for you. Some say it keeps for months to a year. I've never used anything older than about 6 months, and you know how crosses go. Sometimes they take, sometimes they don't.
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i also think that it depends on the species.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:03 PM
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Advice given to me from a well known hybridizer, phalaenopsis pollen does not keep at all. He suggests making a cross from the pollen donor to the pod recipient when both blooms are between 24 and 48 hours of having opened. When giving me pollen he gives the whole bloom and advises to use it as soon as I get to the pod bloom. By the way he prefers to not disturb the pollen on the bloom receiving the pollen. Another tip is to apply a drop of enzymatic contact lens cleaner to the pollen for just 5 minutes before inserting into the bloom. No need to rinse. This softens the DNA protein coating that can inhibit the process. This is especially helpful when attempting a selfing. That is very specific procedure "for best results." I had saved a number of different phal pollenia and was sad to hear that my efforts were probably for naught. Had to try anyway but had zero "pregnancies." Otherwise for many other orchids you will find that many people store pollen about 6 months as described above. Some have reported success using pollen stored for several years. So store it only until your first opportunity to introduce it to the desired bloom. You might contact The Orchidseed Project, Aaron Hicks I believe it is.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:18 PM
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can i keep Seeds outside the refrigerator for 4 days ?, it will be stored in a glass vial in the dark... or its best to refrigerated even for this short period?
any post harvest im missing here?

they are seeds of a very rare Brazilian orchid, we only have one plant here so its important to make this work ...
i checked everyday the capsule but it opened last night :-( sigh
i catched the most i could, this capsule isnt a big yelder of seeds tho...

thx in advance this is very imprtant i really dont wanna loose this batch after all the time taken for that capsule to get mature

EDIT- Sorry i should had posted this question at another thread: if anyone can move it i would be glad

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