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Q.I Have In Different Containers, Two Four O’clock Plants Which I Grew From Seed. I Have Kept Them Indoors And They Have Several F

Zone Sacramento, CA 95822 | Anonymous added on August 24, 2022 | Answered

lower buds which haven’t bloomed yet. Would I be able to hand pollinate them so that they produce seeds? If so, how do I do tha t since I wouldn’t know which is the female vs the male flower? I keep the plants in a sunny corner shelf of the kitchen. The light comes in through a thin curtain. I move them to kitchen sink below if the afternoon sun gets too hot. I don’t want to put them outside since any plant I’ve tried, except succulents, have gotten attacked or eaten by bugs. Thank you for any advice you can give me!

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Answered on September 10, 2022

Four o'clocks are self-pollinating so all you need to do is ruffle them up a bit to help them along. The male and female parts are within each flower, so they don't need bees to transfer pollen.



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