Hibiscus Pollination

1- Eleven-Inch Hibiscus, fed "Garden Gold"

  Each Hibiscus Blossom is perfect for just one day. These plants can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Plants produced from Cuttings should be exactly like the Parent Plant. But Plants produced from your Seeds may revert back to their ancestory, which may lack the appearance of your hybrid  Plant. But this unexpected appearance may be Very desirable. (2,3)

Hibiscus may have trouble setting Seeds in your area. If you want to produce viable Seeds it may be necessary to Pollinate them by hand using a small Artist's Brush. The reason is that there are many plants which have much more attractive Nectar and other characteristics to Pollinating Insects.

If these more attractive Plants bloom at the same time as Hibiscus, it may suffer from lack of attention. Given the short time period of successful Pollination, you may want to Pollinate them by hand. It's easy and fun.

7- This photo clearly shows the yellow Pollen-laden Anthers behind the 5-lobed red Stigma (white arrow). In order for the flower to become Pollinated and produce viable Seeds, it is necessary for the Pollen to get from the Anthers of this bloom, or a neighboring bloom onto the Stigma.

Once Pollen is produced, the Anthers have no more importance to Pollination; their job is finished. Now it is the job of the wind or insects or your Artists Brush to transfer Pollen to the Stigma. 6- shows the same 5-lobed Stigma covered with Pollen granules.

Gently touch the Pollen with the dry brush bristles. You will see the Pollen cling to the brush. Then very gently touch the five lobes of the Anther with the Pollen from the brush. The Pollen will be transferred to the sticky Lobes very easily, and given a little luck, you should have viable seeds within 30 days. (4,5)

The Pods and their stems will turn brown. Then the Pod will begin to split open to reveal its seed. That's when it's time to snap them off in a bag, or they will turn down and empty their Seeds. They will store best in a cool dry place until sown.

If Pollen fails to cling to your Artist's Brush, try rubbing the Brush briskly on a man-made Fabric to charge it with Static Electricity. 

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