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Can male pollen go bad/expire?
    #790134 - 08/18/15 06:49 PM (1 year, 3 months ago)

Hey ya'll
So I have some male pollen from about a year ago, it's been kept in a small piece of folded tin foil in a dark dry place.

Does it ever lose vitality?

I'd like to breed some plants with this old pollen because it was good genes

Thanks


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Re: Can male pollen go bad/expire? [Re: nnn-yan]
    #790136 - 08/18/15 07:01 PM (1 year, 3 months ago)

It definitely does degrade. just dust it up and see what happens


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Re: Can male pollen go bad/expire? [Re: nnn-yan]
    #790138 - 08/18/15 07:03 PM (1 year, 3 months ago)

Did you dry it out prior to storage?


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Re: Can male pollen go bad/expire? [Re: Deadkndys420] * 1
    #790287 - 08/20/15 02:38 AM (1 year, 3 months ago)

It should be viable.

I store my pollen the same way except in an airtight container and in the freezer. I make single use packets which also makes them easy to label. I cut the pollen with oven dried flour at a rate of 1/4 tsp pollen to 3 tsp flour. This pollen/flour mixture is just as viable as straight up pollen when applied with a brush.

These packets go into glass jars and I have an aspirator to remove the air before sealing.


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Re: Can male pollen go bad/expire? [Re: captain.koons] * 1
    #790288 - 08/20/15 02:41 AM (1 year, 3 months ago)

Oh as far as degrading. Pollen is INCREDIBLY sensitive to water/moisture but is very dry as soon as it drops. I'm not sure how quickly it degrades when exposed to air but I would imagine far quicker than normal storage conditions.

If your plants are ever exposed to unwanted pollen you should spray them down to minimize the damage.


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Re: Can male pollen go bad/expire? [Re: captain.koons]
    #790357 - 08/20/15 11:10 PM (1 year, 3 months ago)

I've had pollen go bad after a week on my desk


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