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Re: HYB: broken stalk with seed pod

>Hi again all,
>               yesterday, due to circumstances beyond my control, a stalk
>bearing a large and healthy seed pod was broken.  With the other casualty
>this season, I had no choice but to try the potato method, since there was
>no stem left worth speaking off.  But with this one, there is 7 inches of
>stalk below the pod, so I'm looking for suggestions as to the best way to
>save it.  The cross was done on the 24th of October.
>These are the options I have thought of:
>place the stalk in water
>      "       "            with sugar or florist's preservative added.
>place the stalk in a hydroponics solution
>"plant" the stalk in a potato
>remove the pod from the stalk, and plant the pod in the potato
>Presumably with the liquid options, I should trim the stalk slightly and
>change the water or solution at regular intervals, so it doesn't rot.
>So, does anyone have any experience with these, or any suggestions to make?
>Thanks in advance,
>Ann Pearce (Adelaide, South Australia)
>Dear Ann:  I believe that the stem is very votal, and I would not
>break it off. But I would still insert it into a potatoe, the largest
>possible. If it is too hard to make it stay upright, lay it down. I have
>had limited experience, but the potatoe keeps the stalk moist without
>being too moist, and may have food value as well.  Lloyd Zurbrigg in
>Durham, NC USA

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