How to Pollinate Flowers

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Flowers pollinate naturally, but humans can pollinate flowers by using a small stick to gather and mix pollen from various flowers. Understand the process of pollination with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on garden plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to pollinate flowers. Now flowers don't need humans to pollinate, they've been pollinating by themselves for centuries. Now it's a very natural process and I'll show you a little bit how it works. So, for example, I have orange Crocosmias and I have yellow Crocosmias, and theoretically a hummingbird will come in here and take some of the pollen, get their little beak in there, and then the hummingbird's going to come over here and they're going to turn around and stick their beak into this flower and what happens is that this little bit of pollen right here, the female part, will attach onto the male part, it happens naturally. You can actually take a stick, too, and just take one color and put it onto the other color and they can cross that way. A lot of people, what they will do, is take the pollen out from the two colors, mix it together, put it in a foil, like aluminum foil, and leave it for a couple months and then turn around and plant that. It's very easy to cross-pollinate flowers, and it's a very natural process and you can help it out, use an eraser or sometimes a little piece of tape and you can mix the colors and you can get all different varieties of plants. And that's how it's done!


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