|3-year-old NC-1 Pawpaw. 5.4.15|
|3-year-old Sunflower Pawpaw. 5.4.15|
|NC-1 Pawpaw flower shedding pollen. 5.4.15|
|Collecting pawpaw pollen. 5.4.15|
The NC-1 is the largest of the 3 pawpaw plants that I planted summer 2012. My goal has been to transfer pollen from Sunflower, which is smaller, to NC-1 stigmas. However, each has only a few flowers, and what I do depends on the stage of each flower.
As it happened, 2, of the NC-1 pawpaw flowers were shedding pollen today. When the entire flower is a dark burgundy, that's when it starts to shed pollen. When the flower is almost all dark burgundy, it is not shedding pollen yet. That is when I'm hoping the stigmas are receptive
The pawpaw flower makes a lot of pollen. Much more than most of my other fruits
I pollinated 2 flowers of Sunflower with pollen from NC-1. I also pollinated a flower of NC-1 with pollen from a different NC-1 flower. That is not considered an option, but maybe this tree has not read that book. If the flowers on Sunflower start producing pollen when flowers on NC-1 appear receptive, I will transfer pollen in that direction.
|Pawpaw flower prior to shedding pollen. 5.4.15|