Monday, January 20, 2014
Journal January 20, 2014 - Cloning Arbequina
The buds are starting to open and I am finding small patches of pollen on the leaves below the flowers. When the flowers first open the stamens are closed, but open a short time later and apparently spew pollen out. Using an artist's brush I am daubing the tip in the pollen clumps and transferring pollen from flower to flower like a bee. That is probably not necessary, but I really want to see how productive this little tree can be, so I am taking no chances.
Today I removed two sections of growing tip, each about 2 inches long, surface sterilized them and placed them into culture. As I wrote above, this little tree deserves having its superior genes replicated as many times as possible.