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Re: pod identification

At 09:20 PM 10/10/98 -0400, you wrote:
>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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