Discussions and Q and A about hybridizing irises forum: Freezing pollen

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Imagecrowrita1
Jan 2, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
This is probably a dumb question, but if you want to save pollen from an early bloomer to use with a late bloomer,.how do you freeze the pollen...in baggies? small plastic bottles?...Arlyn
Imageirisloverdee
Jan 2, 2013 9:07 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
If I freeze pollen which I rarely do, I put the pollen in a coin envelope and seal/label it and then put in a plastic baggies with some dried milk in there as well

Hope this helps

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagecrowrita1
Jan 3, 2013 7:00 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I assume the dried milk is to soak up x-tra moisture?...Arlyn
Imageirisloverdee
Jan 3, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
yes in the plastic bag:)

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageirisarian
Jan 3, 2013 4:32 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I use 'Flower-dri' from a florist, sort of the same thing to a later season.
Bill97739
Jan 3, 2013 11:24 PM CST
Name: Bill Chaney
La Pine, Oregon
I do freeze pollen quite a bit and I simply harvest the anthers when the pollen is nice and fluffy, drop them into a small glassine envelope (such as many seed exchanges use for seed storage), then put them into a small sealed container, and put them into a non-frost free freezer. I have stored pollen for up to 2 years and had good results. I don't use a desiccant, but then I live in an area with low humidity. I use the pollen directly out of the freezer, but avoid taking the same pollen in and out of the freezer repeatedly. I actually think over drying the pollen (with a desiccant or long term storage in a frost-free freezer) is a bigger danger than too much moisture.

arilbred
Oct 14, 2013 12:24 PM CST
Name: Randall
Zone7 e. Tn
i store mine in gelatin capsules two anthers per inside a small vial
ImageBetja
Oct 16, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
I freeze lots of dayiily pollen in centrifuge tubes that I got from Earth Star, but they are no longer selling them. However, you can get them from Amazon! And I also got the little storage boxes to house them in from Earth Star, and there are two sizes -- store up to 50 or up to 100. I haven't checked on the box availability now, but here is a link to the tubes from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/1-5mL-Microcentrifuge-tube-snap-cap/dp...

And believe it or not, I'm halfway through my 12th box of 100, although I only store 70 per box as I leave three vertical rows empty so I can get my fingers in there more easily. This is a great way to store frozen pollen, and they say daylily pollen will keep like that for up to three years and still be viable. And every time I need some I take the tube out, rub it back & forth quickly in my hands to get it warm, use it, and then immediately refreeze it -- and it works!

Edit: I just checked, and here are the storage boxes:

http://www.amazon.com/Argos-Translucent-Polypropylene-Microc...

However, I always paid something like $8.95 for a 100-slot box and under $6 for a 50-slot box, and around $5 for 100 1.5 ml tubes. But these examples are only from Amazon, and I'll be they could be found elsewhere on the net for less.

Betty
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Imageirisarian
Oct 16, 2013 1:53 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
From ealy season to late only refridgerate the pollen--from one season to another would think about freezing.
arilbred
Feb 3, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Name: Randall
Zone7 e. Tn
Betcha those are the same vails I use need a couple those boxes had made my own from first-aid box's and foam strips thanks for the info

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