From: "ron iles" <roniles at eircom.net> on 2004.06.04 at 08:10:47(11570)|
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 -----
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 12:28 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] amorphophapllus seed packaging
> 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 Schmidt
> Research Manager
> Juniper Level Botanic Gardens @ Plant Delights Nursery
> 9241 Sauls Road
> Raleigh, NC 27603-9326 USA