how to manually pollinate citrus

13 years ago

I'm new to this- can someone explain to me how to manually pollinate citrus blooms.

I think I get the basic concept- you use a soft brush to transfer pollen from one blossom to another but I'm not sure which part of the bloom I harvest the pollen from and which part of the bloom I then deposit the pollen on. I assumed that the pollen is contained within the tiny amber sacks at the end of the white spikes. I tried gently rubbing a paint brush against the amber sack on one bloom and then rubbing it against an amber sack of a second bloom. Is this correct? Does it matter if some of the white spikes fell off the flower as I was doing this. Should I be concerned that I did not see any pollen coming off the flower onto the paintbrush?


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