Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Breeding Peonies

Once you have chosen your parent plants it is time to get to work!!

Once you have chosen the the mother watch the bud as soon as it starts to show
colour remove petals and stamens.

The next step is to collect the pollen from the father as soon as it begins to

Cover the carpels and stigma all over with the pollen.

When you have completed this make sure you cover the cross with a paper bag.
This will keep the selection clean. After a few weeks the bag can be removed. (This can be left on as well. Many breeders have too many bags to remove and choose not to)
Make sure you keep track of your crosses for future reference. In September, collect the seeds when pods mature. Mix 1ml bleach to 100ml water and rinse seeds, then rinse in fresh water. These seeds may be planted directly to the garden (field)

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