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Hi everyone - I have what I believe are a female and male cone (see pics) from some of my coonties. I watched a YouTube video that showed how to tap the pollen from the male cone, add to a spray water bottle, and then soak the female cone with this mixture. Does anybody have experience and success doing that? Or a different recommended method? 

I’m also not sure how to tell when the male cone is “ready.” It has just emerged over the last few days and seems to be less far along than the female cone. As long as it’s above ground, is it “ripe”? 
 

thanks for any advice! 
 

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55 minutes ago, PaddyM said:

Hi everyone - I have what I believe are a female and male cone (see pics) from some of my coonties. I watched a YouTube video that showed how to tap the pollen from the male cone, add to a spray water bottle, and then soak the female cone with this mixture. Does anybody have experience and success doing that? Or a different recommended method? 

I’m also not sure how to tell when the male cone is “ready.” It has just emerged over the last few days and seems to be less far along than the female cone. As long as it’s above ground, is it “ripe”? 
 

thanks for any advice! 

Wish I could give you some advice but I don't have many cycads and no experience with pollination.  The majority of the cycad experts on PalmTalk don't visit this forum.  You'd get more responses posting this in the "Tropical Looking Plants Other Than Palms" since cycads aren't palms.  Hopefully you will get good answers.

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