how do you know which male was the father?
With this first generation (the ones that are sprouting now), I have no way of knowing. Since they were collected from the wild, the assumption is that they are either:
- Escaped from commercial growing operations (life finds a way)
- Or, native/wild to this continent: Humulus lupulus neomexicanus
The real goal is to identify a male plant and collect pollen for the breeding further generations crossed with known varieties. For that, I plan to use pollen isolation bags for collecting and distributing the pollen. Basically, you just wrap a bag around the male flowers to collect the pollen. Then, after hand pollinating the female plant, you wrap it in a second bag to ensure that no other pollen reaches it.