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  • wykvlvr
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    I got a cheapie from Walmart child size as it cost the least. I set the back of the vibrating head on the flower or on the stem near the flower. You can see the flower shake/vibrate if you have it in the right place. If there is any pollen it will come out.

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    I'm tapping. I have never seen an electric toothbrush. Do you touch the flower with the bristles?
    Last edited by Diane Whitehead; 08-11-2021, 06:10 AM.

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  • wykvlvr
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    Are you tapping or buzzing? I found I got more pollen with the child's electric toothbrush then just tapping...

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  • SeanInVa
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    Interesting. Is it possible that the anther cone is tight enough that pollen just isn't coming out? When I was gathering pollen for my two attempted crosses (neither micros), I got copious amounts of pollen from both Reverend Mike Keyes and Shule's selection of Galapagos. I think I gathered pollen sometime around mid-day.

    Keep us updated!

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    Well, I tried again today with no success. While I was trying for pollen, though, I noticed lots of bumblebees. They checked each flower but only entered some of them, so I guess they can tell when a flower has no pollen. And, of course, once they've finished with a flower, it won't be giving me any pollen.

    So I've cut small branches of flowers that are still pale yellow, and have them in glasses of water in the house. No bumblebees inside, so I hope I'll get some pollen in a day or two.

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    OK. I'm trying again this year, now that my deer fence has been replaced.

    I have twelve kinds of multifloras blooming and setting fruit.

    I sowed ten dwarf varieties later, in the greenhouse, and they are just starting to flower.

    I emasculated them and went out to the garden to collect pollen from the multifloras. I held a black plastic yogurt lid under open flowers which I tapped. No pollen. I did this to dozens of flowers from about half of the multifloras. None. They must have produced some because their earlier flowers have developed fruit.

    I finally did get pollen from a plant from the Q-series Panamorous grex from the Experimental Farm Network. I don't want to use it, though, as I have no idea yet what it is going to be like.

    So, why did none of my named multifloras drop me some pollen? It is sunny, 21 C (about 70 F), just before noon.
    Last edited by Diane Whitehead; 07-24-2021, 07:00 PM.

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  • HL2601
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    Glad to hear that! I have a first, almost ripe fruit from the 125x seed you sent. Really attractive. Looks like it could be pink with faint yellow stripes. Maybe 2 oz...The plant has an open habit but is a little tall and may be more susceptible to yellowing bottom leaves. Could just be my neglect too though.
    I figured out the pics thing and will post.

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  • SeanInVa
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    Originally posted by HL2601 View Post
    So Sean have you tabled your work on 125x?
    Not at all! Saving some seed, and will be growing more. Right now I'm growing out some stuff from the MF project. I plan to start more 125X soon!

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  • HL2601
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    So Sean have you tabled your work on 125x?

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  • SeanInVa
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    I see, so then I have to imagine with that lovely environment you just "price in" some losses in the garden

    While I don't have any new MF stock growing this year, I did make a cross last year of Dwarf Mocha's Cherry x Rev Mike Keyes that appears to have been successful, and will be growing out a few of those. DMC was a very prolific short determinate, so it will be interesting to see what the MF gene does. Obviously not a micro - I do hope to make a few micro crosses this year.

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    These are tame deer. They come and peer in the window at me as I sip my tea, and if I'm outside working, they are hovering near by to see what I am pruning.

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  • SeanInVa
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    Sounds like it's time thin the herd!

    seriously though, you are having a heck of a time with these deer! I suppose you may have already tried other forms of deterrent? Sprays, lights, etc?

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    That project will begin again this year as last year I had a trio of fawns slither under my deer fence and eat everything before I noticed. The fence is now reinforced right down to the ground.

    That won't necessarily be the last problem, of course. We had a dump of wet heavy snow that brought down a couple of trees - yes! on the fence. There went all my winter greens - kale, leeks, lettuce.

    Now, why won't a cougar come by?

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  • Diane Whitehead
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    Several of the 12 X , 13 X and 37 X had big clusters of fruit, and I saved seeds from them.

    The Orange Centiflor is a bit more prolific than the Red. Everything is a bit too much of a tangle to count flowers to compare to fruit, but one cluster of the Orange has ten tomatoes so far. I didn't count the other clusters.

    The bed with Millefleur, Yubileyny Tarasenko and Rose Quartz MF is overrun with Blue Ambrosia, so it is not possible to see what they are doing.

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  • SeanInVa
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    do you have any of Dan's crosses that were MF? If so, it would be interesting to see what comes of a <Dan's Cross> x Rose Quartz

    How are the Orange and Red Centiflor's doing? I was going to order some of those. As I understand it, the MF trait from those arose from breeding from wild relatives (non S. Lycopersicom)

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