In a message dated 6/26/2005 10:42:57 AM Central Daylight Time,
<<In a message dated 6/24/2005 9:01:21 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Also open cups is important for drying,
otherwise the seeds will get moldy fast.>>
I posted this to the iris list 2 time and each time it went into the
archives without ever showing up on the iris list. (On my screen at least)
Thought someone might appreciate knowing the technique I've worked out for
About 4 years into my breeding program, I was gone for a week and came back
find seed all over the floor. A year or two later, a humid year, I had all
my crosses in an envelope rack by an open window. Wind whipped the
over them and knocked several to the floor.
I found cups to be impractical back when I was harvesting approximately 80
crosses per year. In desperation I developed this technique. When my seed
are removed from the pod they are counted and go straight into a personal
envelope. I find these much easier to handle than open cups, and they
take as much storage space.
The number of seed, the parents, and the field # are printed on the
before the seed go into the envelope. The envelope is sealed!! Permanent
cross number is added once all seed are dry and the year's cross
has been sorted (by pod parent). Everything is on excel these days.
of seed is entered into the permanent records. Number of pots per cross
be entered later and date planted.
The envelopes are stacked on edge on the bookshelf nearest my computer. I
keep the seed from molding and sticking to the envelopes by shaking them
day. I reverse the envelopes each day, also. This last step may not be
necessary, but gravity kicks in if something didn't turn loose during the
shaking. Eventually, they will have a dry rattling sound. (no mold) Once
dry, I sort them according to the permanent number, now on the upper right
hand corner of the envelope. Then, I forget them until planting time.
I've used the sealed envelope technique for about 15 years. I get no mold
so long as I remember to shake the envelopes. Even if mold should occur,
does not damage the seed. Just looks bad.
Betty, would it help to punch several small pinholes in the envelope with a
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