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Old August 24, 2017   #9
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Originally Posted by Nan_PA_6b View Post
Actually, I'm not having success using the whole anther. I've been trying all summer to get a successful cross. Gotta start collecting pollen...


Even using my 'method' my results aren't always what I'd like. This year (and I did these late, so I may still get nothing), I did 5 crosses -- 3 on White Queen and 2 on Ozark Orange. These were mainly 'fun' crosses. I pollinated the White Queen blossoms 3 times over 3 days and the Ozark Orange over 2. Only 1 cross 'took' (one of the White Queens). Other years and times, I've had much better success rates (never 100%).

BTW, one reason I store the tomato pollen in the fridge is that it extends the life of the pollen. Not all pollen can survive very long, but the nightshade family generally has durable pollen. In theory it should be viable the whole tomato season.

Good luck on your future crosses.
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