Pollination of Capsicum

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  1. SvenLittkowski

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    Hi,

    have indoors a capsicum plant with small white blossoms. I am in need to know, if there are ways to pollinate the Capsicum blossoms (since there're no insects, fortunately, in my apartment), and how. Is there any guide or instruction diagram anyone knows of?
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I have used a small artists paint brush to do this. It's really just a matter of getting some pollen to the stigma. For a plant like this with abundant flowers, you can just cut a few off and brush the blooms directly onto other blooms to spread the pollen.
     
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    Yeah, for citrus I use a cotton swab (Q-Tip).
     
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    Thanks!

    Are the blossoms containing both sexes?
     
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    Yes, they need cross-pollination.
     
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    Thanks again. Is there any illustration where inside the blossom the areas of interest are located, which are necessary for the brush-based pollination?
     
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    Nope. Just brush one flower a few times, and brush another.
     
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    Ah, thanks, I see. When reading about cross-pollination, I thought that would require different plants...

    Any instruction where or how to brush inside the blossom?
     
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    Touch the stamen with the brush - the stamen is the yellow pollen-bearing part. Then do the same with another flower. Repeat with as many flowers as you can.
     
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    Thanks. With my orchids it's different, there you pick up the pollen, and place it into a different area of the blossom. That's why I wasn't been sure. Thanks a lot, you helped me.
     

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