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Old 11-18-2016, 04:38 PM #31
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Hi grower! How many days from the switch in 12/12 the male flower are open?
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Would two weeks into flowering (generally) be to early to ax the male plant from the roots... And for clarification. A male plant will continue to flower regardless of the light cycle? i.e. I could just put the male in my bedroom...?
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:47 PM #33
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Beautiful method. Great thread.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:35 PM #34
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Nice method New guy..
I do agree with VerdantGreen. You should dry it before freezing.
I will add that after drying you should divide pollen into tiny containers, I like the perfume sample glass tubes. I like to leave little paper packages in each tube with some rice in tube under it.
The reason for small tubes is so you only defrost a Lil at a time when needed leaving the rest frozen which let's it stay viable for years.
If you use 1 container you can't refreeze pollen as cell walls rupture from 2ND freeze.

Great thread New Guy
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Would two weeks into flowering (generally) be to early to ax the male plant from the roots... And for clarification. A male plant will continue to flower regardless of the light cycle? i.e. I could just put the male in my bedroom...?
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:01 PM #36
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i never got to show my favorite male because the 5 pic per post thing. since i have a fresh post to show 5 more... here are a few of my past favorites.

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Hi grower! How many days from the switch in 12/12 the male flower are open?
Mr.Spliffy has a valid question here. I would like to know, and I'm sure there are some other readers that would like to know- What is the expected flowering time for a male plant?
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Mr.Spliffy has a valid question here. I would like to know, and I'm sure there are some other readers that would like to know- What is the expected flowering time for a male plant?
I had a Black Widow male drop pollen 3 days after showing me he was a he.

Most other males I've worked with give me a week or two after showing before they start dropping pollen.

From that one experience w the BW I'd say your best bet is to keep an eye on your boys.
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Great post. Thanks for the info and pics.
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4 pages and I'm surprised at the lack of mention of using flour and rice for storage. No worries, here it is.

Pollen viability can last for 10 years in a freezer, though viability is definitely decreased at that point. The trick is to use cooked flour as a buffer for the pollen.

- Collect your pollen and dry it completely. If you live in an area with more than 30% RH, you'll probably want to seal it in a container with some dessicant. The important part is to dry it as completely as possible.
- Measure out about 50 - 100 times as much flour as you have pollen. Put the flour in a skillet and cook it over medium heat. Keep stirring the flour until it slightly browns. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool completely.
- Do the same with a handful of rice and let it cool completely
- As soon as the flour is cooled, thoroughly mix the pollen and flour together.
- Make foil packages/bindles which will hold half to one gram of pollen. LABEL THEM CAREFULLY! A ball-point pen works well, leaving an imprint which can be read when the ink wears off.
- Put pollen in a bindle, add a few grains of rice and double fold the opening so the bindle is closed.
- Toss the packet(s) in a thermos, seal it up and toss that in your freezer.

The thermos protects the packets from micro-changes in temperature, as the freezer door is opened and closed. A chest freezer, which isn't opened often, is ideal.

To use, take the packet from the freezer and let it defrost at room temperature for a few hours. Open it carefully and dust your flowers lightly. Enjoy!

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