Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Expert Advice From Elizabeth

Preventing an Orange Mess


Lilies are stunning, are they not? And the smell....  The one downside to bringing these beautiful, and showy flowers into your home is the pollen. As the flower opens so do the stamens, exposing pollen for the wind, insects and animals to carry off for pollination.
While it's good that the pollen is spread to other plants for pollination, it is not good for it to spread to the petals, your hands or your tablecloth. To prevent the pollen from staining everything it touches orange, remove the stamens. Watch for closed blooms to open, and grab the stamens as soon as possible.

Lilium longiflorum flower – 1. Stigma, 2. Style, 3. Stamens, 4. Filament, 5. Tepal

If you find that the pollen has already dropped onto the petals, there is one trick that will remove most of the pollen, and leave very little staining. Do not use a wet paper towel! The best tool is a pipecleaner. Fold the pipecleaner in half. Using the folded end, gently drag it toward the outside, from the center, over the pollen. Voila!

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