Fresh cross

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Crotonologist, Jun 23, 2012.

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  1. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    IMG_8221a.jpg X Stoplight July 19 2011.jpg = ?

    Reliance X Stoplight
    Pollinating Reliance flowers with Stoplight pollen yesterday and today...
    Hope some seeds set.
    I think this could be a good hybrid - both of these varieties tolerated some low temps and crowding in the greenhouse last winter with very little leaf drop.
     
  2. pocomo

    pocomo Active Member

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    Peyton, nice cross. Stoplight is always a good breeder for me, but I've always just used it for pollen. Not that I wouldn't pollinate it. Just haven't had the opportunity yet. Like I said....Great Expectations.
     
  3. Rags

    Rags Active Member

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    How do you know when its the right time for pollinating?
     
  4. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    When I have open female flowers and open male flowers at the same time :rolleyes:
    though I'm working on a pollen storage method to save the pollen for when I need it.
    I'll usually pollinate in the morning before I leave for work, and again in the evening when I get home, so probably not ideal.
    I don't know if croton stigmas have a certain time of day when they are more receptive, but I would guess that morning hours might be best...
    If you were to examine the stigmas carefully and see what time of the day they appear moist, that is probably when they are most receptive.
     

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