Sourcing our Pollen
We have perfected the procedure for collecting male kiwifruit flowers and gently extracting the pollen. We only collect flowers from high performance male vines grown in well-maintained orchards with good vine nutrition.
Quality pollen germinates with strong pollen tubes and has good seed setting performance.
Pollen purity is assured because our staff collect flowers just before they open, minimizing the chance of contamination by wind and insects.
Freshly harvested pollen is dried to low moisture contents and then frozen for maximum storage life. Our quality assurance procedures during storage involve:
- Regular testing of pollen samples to ensure the high viability of our pollen is maintained. This is done by testing pollen tube growth in sugar solutions.
- Monitoring storage temperatures to maintain pollen at less than -12°C temperatures.
- Final testing for pollen germination before shipping around New Zealand by fast courier using polystyrene chilly bins with glycol cold packs to maintain consistent low temperatures.
- Shipping worldwide by "jet service" using polystyrene chilly bins with dry ice and glycol to maintain consistent low temperatures.