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How to Pollinate Feverfew Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: April 30, 2022

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the daisy family. It is commonly grown for its medicinal properties, which include alleviating migraines, reducing fever, and relieving joint pain. The plant is also known for its ornamental value, as it produces clusters of small white flowers that bloom from early summer to late fall. However, for the plant to produce seeds and increase its yield, it needs to be pollinated. In this article, we will discuss how to pollinate feverfew plants and increase your yield.

Understanding Feverfew Pollination

Feverfew plants are self-fertile, meaning they can produce viable seeds without cross-pollination. However, cross-pollination can increase the genetic diversity of the plant, leading to stronger and more resilient offspring. The plant relies on insects such as bees, butterflies, and hoverflies for pollination.

Hand Pollination

Hand pollination is a simple and effective way to pollinate feverfew plants. To hand-pollinate your plants, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the flowers that are ready for pollination. These are the ones that have fully opened and have visible anthers (the part of the flower where pollen is produced).

  2. Use a small paintbrush or cotton swab to collect pollen from the anthers.

  3. Gently brush the collected pollen onto the stigma (the part of the flower that receives pollen) of another flower.

  4. Repeat the process until all the flowers have been pollinated.

Attracting Pollinators

Attracting pollinators to your garden is essential for increasing your feverfew yield. Here are some tips for attracting pollinators:

  1. Plant nectar-rich flowers such as lavender, bee balm, and salvia near your feverfew plants.

  2. Avoid using pesticides and herbicides, as they can harm pollinators.

  3. Provide shelter for pollinators by creating a habitat that includes trees, shrubs, and other plants.

Harvesting Feverfew Seeds

Feverfew seeds are ready for harvesting when the flowers have faded and turned brown. Here’s how to harvest your feverfew seeds:

  1. Cut the seed heads off the plant and place them in a paper bag.

  2. Leave the bag in a cool, dry place for a few weeks to allow the seeds to dry out.

  3. Once the seeds are dry, shake the bag to release them from the seed heads.

  4. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to plant them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I grow feverfew indoors?

Yes, feverfew can be grown indoors in pots or containers. However, make sure to provide adequate light and moisture for optimal growth.

How often should I water my feverfew plants?

Feverfew plants prefer well-drained soil and need to be watered regularly, especially during hot and dry weather conditions.

Can I propagate feverfew from cuttings?

Yes, feverfew can be propagated from stem cuttings taken during the growing season. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them in potting soil. Keep them moist until they develop roots.

In conclusion, pollinating your feverfew plants is essential for increasing your yield and ensuring genetic diversity. By hand-pollinating your plants or attracting pollinators to your garden, you can increase your chances of producing viable seeds. Additionally, harvesting your feverfew seeds at the right time and storing them properly will ensure that you have healthy seeds for future plantings.