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Re: [aroid-l] amorphophapllus seed packaging

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] amorphophapllus seed packaging
  • From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 16:10:47 +0100

What do you mean by "clean"?

Whatever!  Uncharacteristically wild suggestion?  Clean" (????)seeds, then
wash in baby disinfectant or whatever, make squeaky clean?   Pack in live
sphagnum impregnated with fungicide/bactericide?  Or send clean(?)
disinfected seeds in impregnated agar in petri dish or mini polybag then
they can be plantlets on arrival?

Insured air letter post?

Oh wot fun!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Petra Schmidt" <petra@plantdelights.com>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 12:28 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] amorphophapllus seed packaging

> Hello,
> Interesting comments on how to send amorphophallus seed through the mail
> system here.  The preferred method, of course, is to send uncleaned
> but that goes against customs regulations and results in destruction of
> package contents.  Moist cleaned seed sent in damp spaghnum is a good idea
> if the package arrives in a few days.  We've had small packages of seed
> in customs for much longer than a few days and even cleaned seeds in damp
> spaghnum can rot and/or mush out and begin to show signs of fungus and
> fungus is evident, the package is destroyed.  Timing is important, from
> long it takes to clean the seed to get it into packages to mail and then
> from how long it takes to get to customs, through customs, and then on to
> the seed receiver.  Seed wrapped in newspaper/paper towels and placed in
> lock bags?  Again, a few days in shipment, o.k. but it sounds like a
> for fungal problems if held longer; we've had mushed seed arrive in the
> paper towel/plastic bag method and have been surprised to see the damage,
> i.e. poor germination.  Anything in plastic bags at this time of year in
> heat in this part of the USA is risky.  I'll point out that seed cleaned
> wrapped in dry spaghnum (not at all wet) and mailed is another option.
> the driest of seed can be revived by soaking in water for a few days and
> germination has always been high (including amorphophallus), the key being
> is that seed must be mature or close to being mature when harvested.
> Anyone else have other comments or suggestions?  If we had more seeds to
> play with, it would be worthwhile to actually do a sample test on various
> packaging methods on aroid seed, mailed to/from/within the USA.
> Petra
> Petra Schmidt
> Research Manager
> Juniper Level Botanic Gardens @ Plant Delights Nursery
> 9241 Sauls Road
> Raleigh, NC 27603-9326 USA
> petra@plantdelights.com
> www.plantdelights.com

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