| Harder and Zemlin (1968) demonstrated in axenic cultures of Pinguicula lusitanica, grown on agar without N and P for 8 weeks, nutrient utilization from supplied Pinus pollen. The pollen-fed plants grew faster, contained more chlorophyll, and aged more slowly. In contrast to unfed plants, they initiated flower buds very early and flowered richly. Since the pollen grains germinated on glands of Pinguicula leaves (Joel, unpubl.) the digestion of germinated pollen grains was easy. Thus, the Pinguicula species with broad leaves (and possibly also Drosera) may benefit from aerial rain of pollen and probably also of spores, seeds and leaf fragments under natural conditions.|
I could feed a zillion plants!
What do you guys think? Pollen has all sorts of vitamins and stuff.
You can get a lot of pollen if you live near a lake surrounded by pine trees. Just take a really fine net and skim across the water with it during pollen season. You'll get loads of the stuff.
If you haven't seen a lake surrounded by pines during pollen season, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about.
Or if you have a scotch pine in the front yard...
They have little flowers that look like noodles and when you shake the branch tons of pollen goes flying everwhere in a big yellow cloud...
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