keep your pollen dry

in nature pollen lasts one day.  as the flower dissolves and the morning dews insure that water will destroy the pollen.  still the pollen capsule can be removed from the stamen and kept indoors over night.  and used again the next day.  or it can be sealed in a container and frozen and can be used for several years.  in this way pollen from one day can meet up with a flower that was not blooming that day.  a daylily that blooms early in the season can be crossed with a late blooming daylily.  or a late season flower can be crossed with an early season flower.  so in that same line of action this flower came to this garden from another garden.  and a second flower was brought in from the seedling bed and its pollen set aside for another day.  Texas Kaleidoscope is the first flower and seedling 14-077 is the other.  four images…

texas kaleidoscope det


texas kaleidoscope macro 002 texas kaleidoscope macro 001

14-077 tet spider det


6 thoughts on “keep your pollen dry

  1. circadianreflections

    Wow, it’s amazing to me that someone figured out that Pollen could be saved to be used to pollinate another day! Messing with the gene pool actually. It’s kinda freaky! These just happen to be really pretty! 🙂

    1. John Hric Post author

      It is amazing that someone figured it out. Then again if you study nature long enough you do start to figure out some of it. As for messing with the gene pool all of this stuff is possible within nature just on an infrequent and short window. In a really rainy hot year the growing season can be compressed and there is the slightest opportunity for nature on its own to accomplish these types of crosses. we have just widened the window of opportunity. so in that sense and depending on how you define messing with the gene pool maybe or maybe not. it is still a long way off from gene splicing and adding totally new traits to an organism. as opposed to revealing natural traits an organism has that were masked. not so far from selecting a ‘heritage’ seed at the end of a growing season.


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