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Re: HYB:Seed

In a message dated 12/10/2000 8:21:43 AM Central Standard Time, 
wmoores@watervalley.net writes:

<< When harvested, my seeds are dried in dixie cups, then are placed 
 in pill bottles that go into the freezer in late August where they 
 stay till planting day. >>

My containers are easy to find and easy to mark.  I use plain personal size 
envelopes, which have had the field #, parents, sorted number, and seed count 
written on them.  When I lived at Alvaton in an old house with limited 
air-conditioning, I, too, had problems with mold.  However, I found that I 
could turn the envelope each day while giving it a shake, and this kept the 
seed separated and broke the mold loose.  Even though the humidity was often 
high, I can't say that I lost even one seed to mold.  Occasionally, there was 
black powder remaining in the envelope when I open them at planting time.  

Now, I live in air-conditioned splendor and have found the seed don't grow 
mold.  The envelopes sit in a neat little row propped between knickknacks on 
the top shelf of a book case in my office--out of any possible reach of my 
four footed furry cohabitants.  (Cats)

I've never felt the need to refrigerate seed.  Even the warmest winter seems 
to be cold enough for good germination.  If seed would germinate well last 
winter, and they did, then I doubt they will ever have problems here.  For 
me, they are fuss free.  However, I sometimes mess with placement--should 
they be in morning sun, afternoon sun, or no sun?  Right now they are under a 
large pine tree and I worry that they won't be exposed to the washing of 
rains and possible snow.  I'll probably move them the next time I have a few 
minutes. When should I take the mulch off?  These are my concerns. (When we 
don't have problems we make them up.  LOL)

This is the first year that my TB seed have all looked the same when planted. 
 I found it strange, unusual, and worthy of mention. Either way, I'll enjoy 
bloom season in 2002.    

Betty / Bowling Green KY USA  Zone 6
Only those who dare to dream can make a dream come true.

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