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Re: transporting cut leaf specimens

In a message dated 6/17/1998 9:09:06 PM Central Daylight Time, TLFrost@aol.com

<< 1)what is the
 best way to transport the leaves-I am flying in .  2)do you have any pointers
 on cleaning them for the show   3)any other do's and don'ts.  >>
Put them in a suitcase with waxed paper between the leaves.
Put them in the room's  ice bucket filled with HOT water.
 Then after they look ok, put all of them a bathtub filled with tepid water.
With wet paper towels remove ALL dirt!
Get out your moistened Q-Tips and clean EACH vein. 
Pat dry them , particularly the blues. 
Be sure the cards are filled out correctly and watch the clerk to make sure
they are placed in the right section and class. 

DONT be intimidated by all the seemingly wonderful leaves you will see.
Get your plants on display as early as possible. The host groups are usually
VERY deficient in providing enough containers. 
DONT talk with anyone whilst you are putting your leaves in containers. 
Take with you cotton balls, cotton swabs, rubber bands, paper towels.
When you put the leaf in the container, make sure that the petiole that is
above water level is proportional to the leaf size. 

Clyude Crockett z5
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