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pod identification

Glen and all of us hosta pollenaters!!   While this tech. will take you
a lot of time at the start you can save time with it later.     Go find
a pop can (alum) and cut the top and bottom off of it.   Be careful here
easy to cut your pinkies!!!!!!   Next rub the curved part of the pop can
on the edge of the counter to flatten out the sheet of alum.   Then cut
the can into strips of one inch wide and the long length of the alum.
sheet.   Then take a paper punch and punch a series of holes on one
side  of the strip of alum.  Next, cut the sheet into rectangles that
are 1" x  3/8"  with a hole in one end.  Finally take sissors and round
all four corners of you tag.    Two steps to go.   Take a ball point pen
and sequentially number your tags     1, 2, 3, 4,-102, 103  ect.  Besure
and press real hard into your tag as we want the indentation not the ink
here. Final step.   Use WAXED dental tape (flat).   Cut off lengths of 
12" in length.  First, tie a knot between the two loose ends (leaving
about 1/2 to 3/4 inches left out past the knot).   Finally, attach the
knotted floss to the tag by putting it half way through the paper
punched hole in the tag, and looping it through the remaining portion of
the floss (so as to connect the floss to the tag without having to tie a
second knot).  

	Place these tags, in groups of 20, into a coin envelope.   Just to keep
them in groups for your data sheet later.    The day that you decide to
pollinate take a sheet of paper on a clipboard with you to your
flowers.   On your sheet of paper simply record the name of your pollen
parent and below that list all of the numbers on your tags  that you use
with that pollen.   Simple, easy.   Back inside your home set up your
spread sheet   where one column has sequential numbers [1,2,3,4,-89,90,
etc] find yourself the corresponding number, then move over to the
pollen parent column and enter the name that is above your number from
your field clipboard.   presto.      

	To collect these tags after the appropriate 3 months cut the stem that
connects the pod to the scape and remove the tag.    The tags should
always be  around the flower stem never the scape especially in tight
flower clumps.   The extra benefit of this tech. is two fold.   First  
when you collect the pod, the tag and the pod both go into a coin
envelope marked with pod parent and date collected and off to the next
pod.    Second  when you clean the pods record the pod parent to your
spread sheet next to your already listed pollen parent including  the
date collected.  Save the tags then  because with the waxed tape it wont
weather or rot  and is ready for next year!!!!!  If your tag tape is too
tight around the stem of the pod pull the 3/4" end  and it will easily
pull off (it's waxed).      Sorry this took so long   if other questions
let me know.   We all should discuss spreadsheet set ups !!!!!!  later
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