Shortening Pistil for better pollination
- I wrote fairly recently about a problem I encountered
with a one-way cross whereby the pollination of a
shorter-pistiled evergreen azalea by pollen from a
longer-pistiled worked, but the reverse did not work.
I found out today that a friend of mine from Japan had
already reported this problem to the American
Rhododendron Society Journal. He thinks it may be due
to too-long pistil length in the receiving or seed
parent flower which prohibits the foreign pollen
grains from travelling down the pistil all the way to
reach the ovules. He recommends using smaller
flowered azaleas with shorter pistil tubes as the seed
So I have two questions:
Has anyone ever tried shortening the pistil on a
deciduous azalea by half length or more and applying
pollen to the freshly cut pistil? Was it successful.
My friend Clarence Towe recommended pistil shortening
for pollination several years ago.
Does anyone know of any deciduous azalea cultivars or
varieties (yellow needed) that have shorter, stouter
pistils than normal?
Year before last I photographed a flower of either
Aromi Glory Be or Aromi Lemonade that had greatly
shortened stamens and pistil. I had my chance and
blew it. That was one weird flower.
Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
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