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RE: HYB: tagging crosses

From: "J.F. Hensler" <hensler@povn.com>

Over the years I've tried just about every method of tagging crosses...

Paper tags turned to mush. Permanent markers aren't.

The one method that hasn't given me problems is plastic ribbon... Used here 
to mark trees for seed or logging. This stuff comes in a wide array of 
colors. (Most are dayglow and give the garden a festive appearance even 
after the blooms have faded.)

A roll is inexpensive ($1.49 to $1.69) and nearly indestructible.

This stuff comes in a 1" width so I cut it in halves or thirds lengthwise 
to make it easier to tie around stems. Each plant I plan to use for pollen 
is given its own code of notches or knots at one or both ends of the 
ribbon. If I have a large number of crosses planned, different colors can 
be added. (No need to code the ribbon with the pod parent's name till 
harvest and then a Sharpie works just fine for writing on the pod.) After a 
year or two of using the same code for the same plant, the code is as 
recognizable as its written name. Just to be sure there are no mixups 
though, each code and cross is also written into the notebook.

	Christy Hensler
Newport, WA z4b chilly this morning with thunderstorms predicted

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