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Harvesting pollen
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:07:42 AM »
We started to harvest pollen off certain trees this is a crucial part of our fig breeding program. By selecting desirable characteristics of certain trees we can improve the Fig varieties we have now and develop better figs with more resistance to climate splitting etc.
These photos show fig pollen on my shorts I touched it with my finger was dry and smeared just like flour. We  collect pollen and dry it for future use this year
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 11:14:33 AM »
Thatís awesome, some day Iíd like to get a few persistent Capri fig trees from California and try my hand at this. It would probably be a waist of time but who knows.

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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2019, 08:49:10 AM »
Missouriboy,

You never know till you try.  Wish you the best of luck.
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 01:37:36 AM »
Hello,

What stage is best for harvesting the pollen?

I have a unk male dubbed Blanche de Sable (White Sands) that is bearing fruit at the moment.


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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 08:54:49 AM »
I bumped a thread so you could see inside of a fig with the pollen pods. One thing to watch is the eye when it starts to spread and you need to cut a fig open to see at what stage the pollen pods are at.

The pollen is yellow you can take a pair of tweezers and Pull A pollen pod  out and smear it on a piece of white paper if it's yellow you got pollen.

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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2019, 11:52:40 PM »
Steve here,


Well we have Fig-pollen-over load here


See nice pictures below


Breed breed  :o


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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2019, 07:29:57 AM »
I never realized there was so much pollen in a fig.
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2019, 07:51:49 AM »
Very nice pictures Steve I think that will help some members with those questions about how do they tell it is a male tree. These figs do have a lot of pollen in them

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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 10:26:00 PM »
Nice! What variety is that? Could i use that pollen with my desert king a caprify it? I also read caprifying common figs also makes them bigger and juicier.
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2019, 09:34:39 AM »
Steve here


1st crop is pollen 2st crop is good to eat the name of the fig tree is  :-X


can't say sorry!


We have a bunch of males to make some 50/50 pollen for testing only and other stuff.


I thought that you should see what we do for breeding for new little figgys


lol


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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2019, 10:41:51 PM »
do you must harvest pollen from a caprifig or or can you also harvest from a self-pollinating fig to produce new variety? just curious.
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2019, 11:50:04 PM »
do you must harvest pollen from a caprifig or or can you also harvest from a self-pollinating fig to produce new variety? just curious.


Steve here


Yes you could but you would have to add a booster pollin with it to work.


so thing like we did with the Exp24 or it's seedlings


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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2019, 01:01:32 AM »
Steve,
How long are you able to store the pollen?  I would suspect that it can be refrigerated to extend the life of the pollen?????  Are you able to use this years pollen on the next seasons figs, or does it's virility wear off by then?
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Re: Harvesting pollen
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2019, 08:15:29 PM »
Good question Jhawk10, i wonder that too. Would freezing also work and would frozen pollen get damaged from frost burn?
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