How to Pollinate a Plumeria
Hi friends, I have a few exotic plumerias in my garden, it’s a beautiful flower tree with amazing fragrance; They are native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil but can be grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar; Tiny insects, such as thrips, pollinate plumeria flowers. If you keep your plumeria indoors, you may need to pollinate the flowers yourself. so If you keep your plumeria indoors, you may need to pollinate the flowers yourself.
- Take a flower and verifies that the neck is under the flower, then you will notice that the neck is raised to 1 inch below the bloom, and that is the male part of the flower, this part is known as anthers, reside .
You must cut the stem above the collar with a sharp knife o scissors, now you have to wait between 1 and 3 days to begin the process of pollination.
- Take a this new thin bristle brush and rub on your hand to separate slightly. Bristles inserted then cut stem so that they extend downwardly into the central hole.
- The bristles of the brush moves very gently 5 to 10 seconds to hit pollen in anther found at the bottom of the stem, Which is Where the ovary. After 1 week you will see the seed pod of a reddish color, developing That will be like a bean pod
- Put some tape on the stem end to cover the hole and avoid other more pollination in plants. Ideally hold temperature above 45F until dry pods falling. Now you’ll have to save the internal seed for replanting.
Propagation can also be by tissue culture from cuttings of freshly elongated stems or aseptically germinated seed. Pruning is best accomplished in the winter for deciduous varieties, or when cuttings are desired.