Removing the small bean like anthers before they are covered in pollen will:
1.) prevent getting pollen everywhere which can stain both inside the flower and cloth.
2.) lengthen the bloom time of the flower.
Removing the pollen source will inhibit pollination and will lengthen flowering duration.
Lily flowers have various structural parts. Petals, which give the trumpet flower shape and encase inside male and female parts. It's important to know the difference.
Male: 6 stamens (thin filaments) and anthers which carry the pollen.
Female: The long stigma, style and ovary.
|The sticky, fleshy stigma. In pollination, it accepts the pollen and fertilizes the ovary down the long style tube which connect them together.
|In this photo, the filaments have had the anthers removed.
The trick to doing this is to remove the anthers at the end of long filaments inside the flower before they release the yellow powdery pollen.
|Here, 6 anthers are removed and you can clearly see they have no powdery pollen residue.
|In my experience, the flowers last several days longer with this removal.
Carefully wrap your fingers around the anthers, making sure you protect the stigma below and tease away gently before pollen is dispersed. The trick is not to get any on the sticky stigma.
Have a go!