Bianca van de Wetering


Flowers, bees and tips to prevent or remove pollen stains

You must have learned it at school, what pollen is and what it does. But if you don’t remember exactly, we’ll refresh your memory here. And what better way to do that than with the lily?

Pollen of the lily

POLLEN, refresh your mind with this update

Pollen, the orange powder on the lily’s stamens, as you can see in the picture. It is made by the anthers of the male flowers and is actually the vegetable equivalent of sperm. When pollen lands on the pistil of the same type of flower, through the wind or flying insects such as bees, birds or bats, it fertilizes the flower and it can develop into a beautiful specimen. In short, the story of the flowers and the bees.

Pollen stains: how to deal with them

Pollen therefore provides beautiful flowers, but there is a small disadvantage to this magical yellow / orange powder: it stains. If you have pollen on your clothing, gently run a piece of tape over it so that the pollen sticks to it. Do not press or rub, but gently dab! If a stain remains, place the garment into the sun. You will see the stain disappear. By the way, double blooming lilies don’t have pollen, so with them you can keep your tape in the closet.

Bees and pollen

Not only flowers benefit from pollen, bees also love it. For them it is a source of proteins, fats and vitamins. Bees collect the pollen in the pollen baskets on their hind legs. When enough pollen has been collected, they fly to the beehive. There they empty the baskets with their paws and the little bees can sit at the table. Ingenious, isn’t it?