Collecting pollen

Just wondering what different methods you may have tried to collect pollen that were successful for you. I have a couple ways I have tried like using sleeves and using wax paper under super cropped branches when having just 1 variety in a room.

So any one have any special way for collecting pollen I need to try?

Thanks RAP

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I had pretty good luck with aluminum foil. With a section on each side. I molded it around the trunk, and I think I caught over 90%. It can be folded so it acts as a funnel into a smaller container.

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So you used it as an upside down cone to catch pollen from the whole plant?

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I laid out foil flat, but I shaped the foil around the trunk. Just so there wasn’t a gap.

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I am going to try that foil today on a plant. Yesterday I took new glass spice jars I use for my spices I grow and cut some clusters u and put in the glass jar. I opened the lid on the sift side to allow moisture to escape. So far I really like it. I may discontinue my sleeves in the future.

This is first test one last night.

Then this morning this is the same jar after a little shake. Lots of pollen inside. I will let it go a few days to see what I end up with but it sure looks postive.

I did another jar of the same Choc thai as last night and a jar each of Purple Paki, TO x BMR BX3,and 1 each of 2 more choc thais.

The CB and DJBB are sleeved and I spread some CB pollen on a branch each of the CB female and a Choc Thai female.

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I use a water tray. I take a 14-18" drip tray, drill a hole dead center the diameter of my stalk, slit from the center hole to the outside with a razor, put around base of plant stalk, cover whole plant in pollen netting, once a day shake the whole plant and watch the pollen fall down to the tray, when I remove I tip tray and shake pollen to opposite side from the slit, remove tray and empty pollen in glass jar

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Where you do get pollen netting?

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@imSICKkid what was your process since you’ve just completed this task.

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I have a happy hydro trim tray with a micron screen that I used. This was my first time ever collecting pollen. All I did was kill all the air movement, and just held the tray underneath the branch I cut and tried to be as gentle as possible. Once I grabbed all the colas I just went outside in the garage and banged them on the screen. Seemed like it worked really well but like I said…it was my first time.

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I have a question for you @RAP

So on my branches I cut off…I still have several pods that aren’t opened. I placed them in a cardboard box to dry in hopes of collecting the rest. But if they aren’t opened up isn’t the pollen premature?

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@ThcinKC what about you bud? I have this thread bookmarked for future knowledge when I get into directing plant pornos lol…

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Not to my knowledge. Even though we cut them nature lets the plants continue to grow and open with viable pollen. It is how plants survive in nature. If an animal or something breaks off a branch it can still produce pollen if the pods are close to opening. The pollen is ready inside and they open still to release it.

Most of the pollen sacs on the cuts I took are opening or swollen and you can see they are ready to open. I will give 3 days and collect the pollen. I would assume some ot he smaller undeveloped pods will not be viable as you suggest but there are plenty of big ready sacs that will open in 2 days that are ready and viable.

My NL#5 x Haze still has small sacs so I have not cut any of them yet. I will not cut any pieces until there are lots of large sacs and a few already open.

Hope that makes sense. :smile:

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Also I know some who cut the branch and keep in water so it continues to kind of grow and they have been succsessful

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See this cluster here. It has some open and lots swollen and ready to open. So if I cut it off, for 2-3 days the sacs that are ready will open and drop lots of viable pollen

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Made perfect sense boss man!! I left a few smaller branches on the main plant to keep around. I’ll probably cut the rest of the balls off and reveg him. Do you cut your pollen with flour?

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I did on the last batch. I did 4 to 1 ratio flour to pollen. Then I did some without and put in the 2ml brown bottles and it clumped and was not usable. So I did it again in the bottle and left lid off for a few days while moving the pollen around a few time a day by tapping the bottle. then after 3 days it was all moving nicely so I put the lid on and checked it each day and it always stayed loose and viable so I definitely make sure it is properly dried before sealing now.

On the flour I have plenty of pollen on this grow so I am going to try again but only1 to 1 ratio. I think 4 to 1 was overkill.

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1:1 sounds more reasonable.

@imSICKkid I have grabbed un opened pollen sac at the base with tweezers and jammed the end against the side of a bowl to get the flower to open and drop pollen.

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You probably grew up with the “Operation Game” and did really well at it :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

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I always sucked at that game.

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