Cross PollinationReturn to: Gardening Essay
When a plant first reaches its full-grown state, it will sprout its full foliage, no longer contained within the plant bowl. At this stage of the plant’s growth, it will begin to produce pollen. You can view your plant’s current Pollination State in the Plant Resources Menu. The plant will eventually self-pollinate if left unattended, and the plant will begin to produce seeds. Seeds produced by a self-pollinated plant will grow up into an exact duplicate of the ”parent” plant. Plants will only give pollen on days 7 through 9 of their growth cycle. Something to consider if you want to gather the pollen instead of letting the plant self-pollinate.Another method of pollination is called ”cross-pollination”. Once a plant reaches the pollen-producing stage, its pollen may be gathered by the owner by using the Cross-Pollination button. Gathered pollen may be used on another full-grown plant. When you pollinate one plant with pollen from another plant, the targeted plant will produce seeds that will grow into a hybrid of the two plants. The color and type of each ”parent” plant are combined to produce a new type of seed that will grow from the targeted plant.While you may continue to gather pollen from a plant throughout its entire life cycle, once a plant has been pollinated (either by itself, through natural pollination, or through manual cross-pollination from another plant), no further combinations may be performed. The seed type that the plant will produce is determined the first time the plant is pollinized, and cannot be changed afterwards.In very rare circumstances, cross-pollination may result in a ”mutation”. If mutation occurs, the targeted plant will not produce seeds that are a combination of the two ”parent” plants, but will instead produce ”mutated” seeds that grow into mutant plant varieties.Known mutation colors are black and white. There’s about a 1% chance for this to happen.Pollination State
The Pollination State indicator displays the current pollination state of a plant. indicates that the plant has not yet produced any pollen, as it has not reached full-grown level. indicates that the plant has entered its pollen producing state, and can have pollen gathered from it, or be cross-pollinated to. indicates that the plant has been pollinated (either by itself, through natural self-pollination, or by the pollen of another plant). While you can still gather pollen from a plant in this state, the plant can no longer be the target of cross-pollination.
Last modified: February 10, 2013