Storing and Harvesting Male Pollen With Pictures
OK so you just spent 30-40 days growing a plant and it turns out to be male, do you bin it . If you have a spare cupboard, PC case or another small space, why not harvest and store the pollen.
Why spend the time ? Why not ! If your interested in crossing strains, or maybe just getting some extra seeds in the future here's how I did it.
Things needed :
Small Paint Brush
10 gram drams or some Vials
1 gram Indicating Moisture Absorbing Packets
Here's a pic of my stuff
When I first noticed my male plant I immediately pulled it away from my female plants. I had a PC case ( any small space will do ) so I installed a 26 watt soft white 2700K (red) CFL and placed it there on 12\12.
Male Plant at 12\12
After about 15-25 days of the plant being on 12\12 cut the branches off and place them in a cup full of water.
As you can see I cover the cup in aluminum foil and poke the branches through. This way when the pollen sacks open or fall, it will stay on the foil and will be easy to collect.
Everyday I milk the male branches for pollen. I pull out each branch separately using a small paint brush I agitate the pollen sacks till the pollen falls onto the foil (or plate your choice). I also collect any pollen that has fallen onto the foil on the cup. I do this everyday until there is no more pollen sacks left.
This is how much pollen I collected today
Now I place the pollen into a small homemade envelope. ( there are plenty of videos on the net if you don't know how to make one ) Mark it with the name of the strain and date collected then place it in the 10g plastic dram along with a 1g packet of indicating moisture absorbing packet.
I also mark the outside of the dram to.
Put it in the refrigerator for about two days before you place it in the freezer. The moisture packs should do it's job a suck out all the moisture from the pollen. This pollen can now be stored in your freezer for 3-6 years until it's ready for your next breeding project.
Hope this helps some people out
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quite ingenious that burnzy, well done
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Spot on thread man, been busy doing this myself with my mate over the past few weeks - it's pretty satisfying knowing you'll have enough for years of interesting crosses if you get bored and decide to pollinate some popcorn buds on something you're growing Hopefully this will get a few more people keeping their males for future projects!
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This should be a sticky. Well done, thanks for the attention to detail.
The Following User Says Thank You to physiologia For This Useful Post:
Awesome, cheers for the info.
200 watt hempy/soil comparison here
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Thrilling reads I assure you.
The Following User Says Thank You to Basil For This Useful Post:
Just wondering Burnz, how would u go about applying the pollen when u come to breeding them? would u just simply sprinkle some on a few buds on a plant in flower
I just use a small paint brush. You can also put some pollen in a small sandwich bag, cover the bud up with the bag, shake it up, that should cover the bud with pollen too.
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so just cover the bud with pollen, as simple as it can be. i think ill give it a go if i get any males with the stinkies
The Following User Says Thank You to Gary420 For This Useful Post:
I might have to employ this tactic, it seems that after 4 weeks of my budsicle preflowering its finally taken the full leap in to flowering, i have another male PD to flower, a cut from the donor, but i always like to try and have a back up, so i think i might be harvesting some, if theres any left, of the pollen being released. I left the plant in the cab in the hope he might get the pre-flowers of the females, however thay are well behind, and havent even seen a 12/12 day yet.
So basicall oure saying cut the male flower branches before they pop, and into the glass, and then let them ripen in the galss and collect the pollen from the foil....seems pretty straight forward
The Following User Says Thank You to starchild For This Useful Post:
I usually shake the branches first then collect what ever pollen has fallen. One thing is just use plain water as I tried putting some nutes in the last time and the pollen sacks were falling off prematurely.
I have Lebanese Pollen, Malana Pollen and some Mazar-i-Sharif pollen stored in my freezer right now for future breeding
This is a great idea and nice with the details too!
Feel free to press the -Thanks- button to the lower left if I have been of help! : )
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I have Lebanese Pollen, Malana Pollen and some Mazar-i-Sharif pollen stored in my freezer right now for future breeding [/QUOTE] i got me a skunk#1 male in flower im goining to breed wit
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I vote make this a sticky.
'there was a young man named jobby,
who haboured an illicit hobby,
with renknowned growing fame,
he put our plants to shame,
that bright young man named jobby'
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Good point Jobby
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Great write up!!
Have you had any problems with unwanted seed production, from male pollen getting to the rest of your plants? Is it a case of using ventilation in a clever way, to make sure it doesnt go near your females?
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I kept the males in a separate space (my PC case) and have never had any problems of females getting pollinated that I didn't want pollinated.
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Thanks man... Looks like I will make a small space for my males somewhere else in the house
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