Hello, and thank you for subscribing to our blog! For this week’s blog, we will be providing step by step instructions on the process of collecting and distributing male pollen for breeding. Throughout the years breeders have come up with countless methods for this process and many of them work great, but this is what we have found to be easiest and most successful for us. Keep in mind, the fully bloomed male plant produces a wealth of pollen and is easily disturbed. Be sure to only have female plants in the area that you intend to pollenate. Also, your body (hair, clothes, and skin) will also accumulate pollen, so be sure to give everything a good wash before visiting any other gardens.
We have found that using a trim tray with a metal sift screen is a great way of collecting the pollen while also allowing for the separation of the undesirable plant material. Any time in this tutorial that you see us intentionally disturbing the pollen, we are doing so over one of these trim trays.
Part 1: Male Pollen Collection
Step 1: Takedown
Begin by carefully cutting off sections of the plant. Remember, the pollen sacks are incredibly delicate, so pollen will flying even with the slightest movements.
Step 2: Shakedown
Using the tips of the scissors, slightly tap the branches to begin agitating the pollen over the sifting screen. Continue this process until the entire plant has been taken down.
Step 3: Shakedown Cont.
Once the branches have all been tapped and agitated, we will begin agitating further to ensure we collect all available pollen. For this step, simply collect all of the branches and plant material and give it a good shakeup over the screen.
Step 4: Pollen Collection
Now that we have finished collecting pollen from the plant, it’s time to collect it from our trim tray.
For this step, we recommend having some sort of large card (index card would work), a paintbrush, and some parchment paper. Begin by using your card to collect and pile up the pollen.
Next, we use a paintbrush to collect the finer pieces that have stuck to the surface of the trim tray.
Finally, we use our paintbrush to help pour the pollen onto the parchment paper (the paper can be thoughtfully folded to create a nice pocket for storage).
For long term storage of the pollen, we recommend neatly folding parchment paper into a nice little pocket, pour pollen into the parchment pocket, fold close, then place that into a glass mason jar with rice grains, seal with a lid, and then place in the freezer.
Part 2: Pollen Distribution
This part of the tutorial is pretty straight forward. We are going to simply dust the desired female plants with the pollen that we just collected. Again, only have the female plants you intend on breeding within the room.
Step 1: Take the pollen from your parchment paper and place it into a glass jar. This will make the pollen dusting process easier.
Step 2: Simply use your paintbrush to lightly dust the bud sites of a flowering female plant (we recommend pollinating flowering females between weeks 3-5 of flowering depending on strain). A little bit of pollen goes a long way, so no sense in overdoing it on any one bud site.
Step 3: Wait. Yes, that’s pretty much it on your part. From here we just let mother nature take its course. Over the next few weeks, the pollinated bud sites will begin to develop seeds, which can be sorted and collected when the plant is ready to be harvested.
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our little tutorial, and we hope it can help lead you to a successful future breeding run for you!
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