How to Pollenate Flowers


Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and grow on all kinds of plants. Regardless of the type of flower, they must be properly pollinated in order to produce fruit or more seeds. Pollination generally occurs without any problems naturally, but some plants need a little assistance. In order for pollination to occur, pollen from the anthers, the thin pollen-covered appendages inside the flower bloom, must come into contact with the stigma, the larger appendage in the center of the flower bloom.

Step 1

Rub the end of a clean cotton swab against the anthers of the flower. Do this gently to prevent any damage to the flower.

Step 2

Inspect the cotton swab to ensure you gathered pollen. There should be a noticeable pale yellow residue on the cotton swab. If necessary, rub the flower anthers again.

Step 3

Rub the pollen covered cotton swab against the stigma of the flower. Be gentle with this as well.

Step 4

Repeat the process for any additional flowers you wish to pollinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab


  • Botanical Online: Flower Pollination
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