Starting from seed. Seed collection methods.

Jim McKenney
Tue, 31 Aug 2004 18:15:14 PDT
At 08:12 PM 8/31/2004 -0400, Arnold wrote:
> "I thought is was just dust so I vacuumed it all up"

Thanks, Arnold, you just reminded me of something. 

There have been times when, while cleaning, sorting or otherwise working
with very small seed such as poppy, begonia or gesneriad seed, I've dropped
the whole lot onto the rug or floor. Here's an easy way to get most of it
back: take a piece of cloth, put it over the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner
and push it in a bit to form a shallow cup; then vacuum over the area where
the seed is. The seed will collect on the surface of the cloth. Then hold
the nozzle over a bowl, turn off the vacuum cleaner, and the seed will fall
into the bowl. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where seed retrieved from
the dust bowl generally requires careful winnowing.  

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