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  Cleaning Arum seed
From: "Alwyn Wootten" alwootten at gmail.com> on 2006.08.09 at 07:56:33(14484)
Folks,

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?

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From: "Tom Croat" Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2006.08.09 at 11:04:05(14485)
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.

Tom

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From: "Bryant, Susan L." SLBryant at scj.com> on 2006.08.10 at 06:05:35(14488)
Al, you might also wear gloves- I think the pulp is irritating- someone
a long time ago complained about this (I think)

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2006.08.10 at 15:42:26(14491)
At 11:05 PM 10/08/2006, you wrote:

Al, you might also wear gloves- I think the pulp is irritating- someone
a long time ago complained about this (I think)

I have a lot of allergies but I didn't find myself allergic to the
aroid seeds, but over the 24 hours after I cleaned them the whole
surface layer of skin peeled off on my fingers where I handled
them. So I guess it is an irritant, even if not an allergy in my case! LOL

Thought this was worthwhile adding as a warning.

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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