This year I would like to try my luck at hybridizing just for fun and for my own edification. However, I don't have a clear clue as to how to do it. I know what the male and female inflorescences look, but how do I know when each is ready to reproduce, and how do I ensure no bees get in there and get to the female before I choose which male should get to which first? Once it's pollinated, how do I take care of it? I don't even know what to ask. Do I get pollen on a paintbrush or do I have to cut off the male inflorescence and rub it along the female pistils/flowers? Also, I usually cut off all inflorescences I see developing, because my plants are small and I want them to have all the energy to grow. However, now I've let a couple of plants grow a few inflorescences. How do I go about choosing which plants would be good parents, and which hybrids should go together to produce beautiful new plants. Jerry, are you out there? I've missed seeing you on the forum. Other hybridizers please check in too. Chris, Keith, Marie, anyone else? I need a lot of help to get started and my inflorescences are developing fast each day now. Thanks!