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Re: Jim's new picture links

Speaking of old seeds(well not seeds exactly)...I saw a program last
night that was talking about popcorn and it said that the oldest ears of
popcorn ever recovered from an archeological dig were approximately 5600
years old and still popped when they were heated! Cool!!!!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 07/13, james singer < > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto:]
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 16:40:39 -0400
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Jim's new picture links

This reminds me--did anyone else hear the report on NPR about the
<br>effects of smoke on seed germination? Work was done in Perth and
<br>published, I think, in "Science." Forever people have thought that
some <br>seeds [think, bristlecone pine, here] had to be subjected to
fire <br>before they would germinate. Turns out not to be true. It's a
<br>constituent of smoke, not heat, that pulls the trigger. Anyway the
<br>Aussies identified it. They found that all seeds--lettuce, carrots,
<br>tomatoes--germinate better when treated with "smoke water." You can
<br>probably get a transcript of the story/interview at<br><br>Oh, yeah. And what the constituent of smoke does is
activate dormant <br>gibberilic [sp?] acid crystals in the seed, so it
even brings to life <br>very old seeds.<br><br><br>On Tuesday, July 13,
2004, at 09:39 AM, wrote:<br><br>> In a message dated
07/13/2004 12:05:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time,<br>>
writes:<br>> fungicide, though I suppose the hormones might help.<br>>
I'd love to have a set up like that. Having it ready and waiting <br>>
would make<br>> it so much easier to take cuttings whenever it occurs to
you to do so.<br>><br>><br>> Kitty, this might not be sufficient for
your needs, but for a number <br>> of years<br>> I kept a clear<br>>
plastic "sweater box" - don't know what else it would be called -
about<br>> 15"x6" by 5" deep<br>> with a cover - filled with about 3 or
4 inches of vermiculite on my <br>> kitchen<br>> counter -
protected<br>> spot by a sunny window. The lid of the box was its tray,
though there <br>> were<br>> no drainage<br>> holes. I can't begin to
guess how many plants I rooted in that box <br>> but there<br>> were
many.<br>> Whenever I had a leaf or cutting or pruning, a piece of it
went into <br>> the box.<br>> When the<br>> rootings began to get so big
they overwhelmed other things, or there <br>> was no<br>> room for<br>>
new cuttings, I would pot them on. Since it was on the kitchen <br>>
counter, I<br>> was rem

inded<br>> to water it frequently, but never let it be soggy. I
theorized -never <br>> read<br>> this anywhere -<br>> that the rooting
plants produced their own hormones that helped other <br>> things<br>>
to root.<br>> Anyway, I kept the same vermiculite going - just topped it
up when it <br>> got low<br>> (some would<br>> cling to the roots of the
cuttings when I removed them.) When we <br>> remodeled<br>> the
kitchen<br>> a few years back I promised myself a new box - that one had
become <br>> pretty<br>> crummy<br>> looking after more than fifteen
years - but somehow have never <br>> replaced it,<br>> though I
think<br>> of it often. I usually have something rooting somewhere at
any given <br>> time.<br>> Auralie<br>><br>>
Support -- join the fund drive!<br>><br>><br>><br>Island Jim<br>Southwest
Florida<br>27.0 N, 82.4<br>Zone 10a<br>Minimum 30 F [-1
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