Using Frozen Pollen
Randall P. Niedz
rniedz at ASRR.ARSUSDA.GOV
Wed Apr 10 08:08:12 EST 1996
On 5 Apr 1996, Stafford William wrote:
> I collected and froze some Magnolia pollen last spring. It is
> just about time for the Magnolias to begin blooming so I need to prepare
> to use my pollen.
> Do I need to do anything other than just letting the pollen
> defrost? I was planning to move the pollen from the freezer to the
> refrigerator for 24 hours, then to room temperature for a couple of
> hours before use.
> I will be using the pollen over a period of a couple of weeks.
> Can I just keep it in the refrigerator between pollenation sessions?
> Thanks in advance,
When I use frozen pollen in citrus pollinations I allow it to rehydrate
for a 4-5 hours before use. I do this by putting the frozen anthers in a
closed petri dish with (not on) some wet filter paper.
Seems to work fine.
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