As exotic and beautiful as Asian lilies are, the yellow pollen contained in their anthers creates a terrible mess that is difficult to remove from surfaces and clothes. The pollen-filled anther is on the tip of the long slender stamens protruding from the centre of the lily flower. Removing the anther from the flower will not harm the flower, whether it is growing in your garden or featured as a part of a fresh-cut bouquet. Once removed, you can enjoy your Asian lilies without fear of incurring stains.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sharp scissors
- Soft paintbrush
- Cellophane tape
Pinch the anther off of the stamen as soon as the lily bud has opened, using your thumb and index finger. Do not remove the stamen from the flower, only the anther at the extreme tip of the stamen. Removing the stamen will decrease the life of the lily flower.
Hold a piece of paper under mature Asian lily anthers while snipping off the anthers with a sharp pair of scissors. The paper should catch the cut anther and loose pollen to avoid having the pollen stain petals, fingers or clothes.
Brush the yellow pollen gently off flower petals or surfaces with a dry paintbrush. Brushing the pollen off while it is loose and dry will remove all or most of it.
Tips and warnings
- Fold a strip of cellophane tape over the mature anther before snipping it off the stamen to prevent any loose pollen from falling. Cellophane tape can also be used to lift the yellow pollen from petals by carefully and gently pressing the sticky side of the tape onto the petal.
- Do not use a wet paintbrush or water to remove Asian lily pollen. Water will cause the pollen to adhere to a surface, making it more difficult to remove when it dries.
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