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Re: Treflan seedling experiment

  • Subject: Re: Treflan seedling experiment
  • From: "Andrew Lietzow" alietzow@myfamily.com
  • Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 09:27:34 -0600

Dear Charlie, Dan, and list, 
I'm interested in a Surflan/Treflan amateur experiment.   Charles mentioned something about availability of a premixed solution from Indiana Bob as well as a preferred concentration level that might be useful for Hosta.   I presume this stuff can be shipped UPS, with proper packaging?   A plastic bottle about the size of an IsoPropyl Alcohol bottle tightly wrapped in bubble wrap should suffice?    

So Dan, if you want to sell, trade, or gift me a few ounces, let me know.   Sorry I missed the call to the elves, but Lu knows lots of fairies who might be able to put in a good word for me.   

And Charles, if you have info on availability and pricing from Indiana Bob, please advise.   In my voluminous spare time, I am planning to start two experiments this spring -- one with lighting (Metal Halide vs. Standard Flourescents for growing on seedlings) and one to attempt ploidy conversion.   I harvested right at 27 crosses which set seed from last year's efforts.   I expect to spend New Year's day getting the shelving set to start these, and squaring away my lighting for testing growth rates.   

It's time to plant seed!  

Andrew in Des Moines

-----Original Message-----
From: "Lu & Dan Nelson" <hostanut@Bellsouth.net>
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 2:34 PM
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Subject: Re: Treflan seedling experiment

Hey Charlie,

I noticed you reported your 'lethal dose' rate is 5%. I remember reading 
that some experimenters were aiming at a  rate of LD50 using Surflan.

A rate of LD50 sure would thin your seedlings. Another thing it would do is 
assure that the survivors really got a dose that might 'rock their 
chromosomes  a bit.

I'm willing to bet this is old news to you I just want to toss it out there. 
I've got 2 gallons of Surflan out in the pesticide shed but all I've ever 
used it for is pre-emergent weed control. I gave a pint to Jim Hawes 4 or 5 
years ago in a plastic milk bottle. I hate to think what happened to that 
stuff because I know he didn't use it all.

Good luck with your Treflan experiments.

Dan and Lu Nelson

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