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Manipulating Standing Crop of Flowers:


Flowers wilt within ~4 hours when pollinated.


Flowers remain open ~ 5-7 days if not pollinated.


Thus, flower standing crop is greater when there are few pollinators.

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To manipulate flower standing crop, we took advantage of the difference in duration of pollinated vs. unpollinated flowers. If not pollinated, flowers accumulate on the racemes.