Hey guys. I'm planning on doing some very controlled Sarracenia pollination rounds this year and have a couple of questions.
I'm using Q-tips and labeled aluminum foil envelopes to store pollen in the fridge for later use. I'm using one end of a Q-tip per flower and collect pollen everyday in order to have the pollen accumulate on each Q-tip.
One of the early Sarrs to flower is one of my flavas. So much pollen has accumulated on the Q-tip end over the last few days that I can clearly see small wisps of pollen "dust" emerge off the Q-tip end as I collect more. Given this, how many Sarr flowers do you guys think I can pollinate successfully with one Q-tip end? Should I feel comfortable in continuing to pollinate multiple flowers with one Q-tip end as long as I see that there is pollen on the end? Do you guys set a limit?
Do any of you move your flowering Sarrs inside or to a sheltered location during rainy days where you can continue to collect pollen and pollination? We are going to have a bit of rain soon here in Southern California, and I would like to be prepared.... I don't want rain making pollen splash around inside the flowers, maybe even risking self fertilization.
Thanks for your help!