Posted: 23/07/2015 at 15:35
Time will tell with those baby ones, Mandie. For hand pollination you'll have to wait for the male flowers to open. Unopened, they're immature and you won't have the pollen.
If and when they do open and you want to hand pollinate, you only have to peel away the "petals" around the stamen of the male flower to expose the stamen covered with pollen. Rub it very gently all over the female flower's stigma until you see pollen adhering to the stigma. Use two stamens if need be to coat the stigma all over. But be gentle. The stigma is easily damaged and you can kill off the flower.
Morning is the best time to hand pollinate, as early as possible, while the pollen is fresh. The female flower can also close later in the day.
You need to be careful of overwatering. Stick a finger as deep down into the soil as you can to test moisture levels underneath. Things might look dry on the surface but there can be enough moisture deeper down where the roots are.
If you're fertilising the plant at this stage, avoid a fertiliser high in nitrogen. Too much nitrogen will give you plenty of leaves but not much in the way of flowers. You need a fertiliser higher in phosphorous to encourage flowers.
All fertilisers have an NPK indicator on the packet or container. N = nitrogen; P = phosphorous; K = potassium. You would need a fertiliser with a higher P figure than an N figure. Don't overdo the feeding either.