Pollen collection, drying and storing

Greetings friends. I would like to show you how I harvest my pollen. The males that are being used for this guide are a Night Terror OG (left), and a Long Peak Blues (right).

Pollen Collection

It is important to note that mature pollen is a nice yellow color. White or creamy looking pollen is immature.

I will collect the male pollen sacs off the plant 3-5 days after they have started to open up. I will collect the fully open sacs, as well as the sacs that have just cracked open. I have found that the freshly cracked sacs will open on their own in 1-2 days. I use a pair of jewelers tweezers, and grab the sac on the hair like stem, and lightly pull up.

Pollen Collection

Once I have the sacs collected, I will put them on parchment paper, and then in a box with some rice. I keep this box in a dark, cool, dry area. Think like a desk drawer, or a cabinet in a climate controlled area.

Pollen Collection

After 2 days I will take the pollen, and sacs, and place them on a large parchment sheet. Here I will take something like a pencil, or chop stick, and just bounce it along the paper. The vibrations gently pull the pollen off the sacs, and also group the powder up, with out kicking up any clouds (it’s a lil’ trick using sound waves)/

Pollen Collection

The little droplet shapes are the “collection” from the bouncing pencil. This also make it easy to get contaminants out.

Pollen Collection

 

I’ll put the pollen back on the smaller parchment pieces for 1 day in the box of rice. The reason behind letting it stay like this for an extra day is there is a much larger surface area spread out like this, and thus wicking moisture faster from the pollen.

Pollen Collection

From here I will put the pollen in a vial, and place the vial back in the box of rice. I will let the vial sit open in the box for 3-5 days before closing the vial and moving it to the freezer. If I am collecting off a plant daily, I will just keep doing these steps, and collect it in the vial. In total I try not to let the pollen stay out of the freezer more than 1 week for drying. I also add a grain of rice to my pollen vials.

 

I Think it is important to bring up Humidity. I personally live in an area with high Rh. When I take my vials out of the freezer, I always let the vial come to near room temp before opening. If I was to open the vial while it was near freezing temps, I would draw in the warm humid air, and create a layer of sweat inside the vial. By letting the temp come closer to room temp, the sweat does not form on the glass.

Pollen Collection

Another alternative to bringing the vial to room temp is to portion the pollen in single us packages. By doing this the pollen would not go through the freeze/thaw/freeze process and extend it’s viability. This suggestion was given by brother Stickman, and one I will be using in the future.

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