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RE: [Aroid-l] Cleaning Arum seed

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Cleaning Arum seed
  • From: "Tom Croat" Thomas.Croat@mobot.org
  • Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 13:04:05 -0500
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  • Thread-topic: [Aroid-l] Cleaning Arum seed

Dear Al:  

	I treat all aroid seeds the same way. Macerate them in a
screened sieve, pass water through the sieve until much of the mesocarp,
the sugars pass through, chuck the contents in a fruit jar and shake
vigorously then decant the debris.  Since the seeds are typicall heavier
than the rest they sink to the bottom.  If you do this several times you
come up with a fairly clean batch of seeds.  Some times toward the end I
slap the lot onto a large piece of newspaper and simply pick out the
troublesome bits.

	Are you really living in Chile?  It is strange since this is the
only country in Latin America with no native aroids.  I am curious,
nevertheless, if there are lots of aroids in cultivation there.


-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Alwyn Wootten
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 9:57 AM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Cleaning Arum seed


For the first time I have a nice fruiting stalk on my Arum italicum.
I checked for help with cleaning the seeds on hort.net archives but
was unsuccessful, though I feel sure I've seen this discussed.  Can
anyone lend advice?

Clear skies,
Al Wootten, Interim Project Scientist
ALMA, 40 El Golf, Piso 18
Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Tel: (56) (2) 467-6128  FAX: (56) (2) 467-6103
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