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Pollen Requests

Post by Admin on 14th August 2011, 21:55

It is easy and cheap to post pollen all over the country so if anyone is looking for pollen this is the place to ask!

Here's the method I use for collecting and posting pollen:

1. Pick the flowers that are just about to open, remove the petals and place the de-petalled flower into a small paper envelope (I make mine out of a piece of A4 paper by cutting a piece about 10 x 10cm out of it, folding it into a small envelope and stapling or taping it together). Add as many as you can spare and fit. Loosely close the envelope (you need to reopen it before posting. A paper envelope is important as it absorbs moisture, wicking it away from the pollen to dry it and avoid fungus issues.

2. Leave them for 1-2 days shaking the envelope periodically to dislodge the pollen from the bursting and drying anthers. You will notice a thick layer of pollen forming if it cooperates.

3. Remove the flowers, seal the envelope, and post it that day. Do not use plastic bags as this will cause it to sweat and die and encourage fungus.

4. The pollen is ready to use immediately and will keep for a few days to a week (depending on the weather... hotter it is the quicker it will 'die').

Tips:

* Go back and edit your post when you receive your pollen so your donor knows it arrived safely and so we don't continue to get too many offers.
* Make contact via PM.
* Pick flowers in the morning to get the best pollen release.
* Don't choose flowers that have already opened. They may have been visited by bees already.


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Post by Admin on 14th August 2011, 21:57

I have too many really big roses here and so rather than going out and buying another or obtaining cuttings I thought I'd try obtaining pollen later in the year of ‘Aviateur Blériot’. If anyone has it that could spare some pollen I'd love to hear from you.

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Post by MSnoek on 25th November 2011, 12:31

Hi Simon,

Are there any restrictions on using the pollen of patented roses?
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Post by Admin on 25th November 2011, 13:01

Luckily, no! I'm sure some would love to restrict the use of pollen from roses covered by PBR, but it would be a sad day indeed if they ever succeeded in doing this. Pollen is the result of a random segregation and assortment of genes that the hybridiser has no control over and have been around for as long as roses have been around. All the hybridiser does is reshuffle them into different combinations. If they ever did this I would very quickly start reporting that my seedlings were from 'unknown' parents and open pollinations from bees Wink

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Post by MSnoek on 25th November 2011, 13:21

Good point! Very Happy

On a similar note, do roses of known heritage have more clout than roses from unknown parents?
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Post by Admin on 27th November 2011, 22:15

I am planning to grow 'Pomponella' soon but am hoping to use its pollen sooner. If anyone can spare a bloom or two I'd love to here from you. See instructions above for details on preparation and postage.

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Post by Admin on 12th December 2011, 13:59

Bruce, is Bracteata flowering up there? Mine never flowers until mid-autmn here and I'm itching to try it on a few things!!!!

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Post by OzRose on 12th December 2011, 23:04

How did you get on with looking for the Pomponella pollen Simon ? I have it growing here.
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Post by Admin on 12th December 2011, 23:15

MSnoek wrote:Good point! Very Happy

On a similar note, do roses of known heritage have more clout than roses from unknown parents?

Sorry, just noticed this... no... A lot of the bigger breeders won't release the parents on purpose.

Rosalie, hopefully I have some lined up! I'll know in the next few days Smile

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