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    hello. my pingula just flowered and the flower is fairly small any ideal what i might use to polinate it?
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    Funny that you should ask this today as just yesterday I happened to be in an art supply store and got a paintbrush that I think will be just perfect for pollinating flowers. Its a super fine spot brush. Cost about 1.50. Its got just a few bristles and they are short and very soft. Should be ideal.


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    Steve hit the nail on the head pretty much, but I prefer to use the "poofy" painbrushes like what women use to put blush on thier faces. Once pollen is on it, you're almost guranteed a succesful reception of the stigma.

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    For Pinguicula flowers I find a cocktail stick easier to collect pollen on than a paintbrush. For added ease, I use a blue plastic one; the yellow pollen stands out very clearly against a blue background and is easy to see, even when you only have a v. small amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Vic Brown @ Feb. 20 2004,18:16)]For Pinguicula flowers I find a cocktail stick easier to collect pollen on than a paintbrush. For added ease, I use a blue plastic one; the yellow pollen stands out very clearly against a blue background and is easy to see, even when you only have a v. small amount.

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    ...unless of course you are blue-yellow colorblind...

    Uh yah, paint brush is old standby. For flowers with lots of twists and turns I would use a long flexable feather, and for super tiney amounts of pollin in an open flower, a plactic tooth pick works well... granted, I've not pollinated CP flowers yet because my plants are mostly babies, but I've transferd pollen from other plants before [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] .... no no wait, my origenal VFT is mature, I just didn't let it flower last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes gracilis @ Feb. 20 2004,14:52)]Steve hit the nail on the head pretty much, but I prefer to use the "poofy" painbrushes like what women use to put blush on thier faces. Once pollen is on it, you're almost guranteed a succesful reception of the stigma.
    They had a selection of those in the store too and I was considering the ones that were smallish like the one I got only "poofy" like you said. I opted for the one with the very fine tip with the thinking that it would be easier to get the pollin exactly where I want it. I may go back and get the "poofy" tip one too and compare what works better.. For a buck fifty is a cheap enough experiment.. lol


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    I hear that your own hair is good to use too , but if you do that too much yuo might go bald [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I use toothpicks to pollinate Pinguicula flowers. Works quite well.

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