Labelling seeds Was: sowing Moraea seeds

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 13:50:49 PST
 Merci, Roland. I've tried that but I have far too many containers to
protect. I sought help from the Huntington Arboretum two years ago. Their
solution is useful only for small seedlings, far too small in scale.

The best solution I have found is building a barn owl house. A pair of those
owls will consume up to a thousand rodents per year. I don't know about the
accuracy of that number but they did reduce the rodent population in two
months to low levels. Trouble: barn owls are not long lived and move from
place to place. They have not yet movd back in. 

San Diego 

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On Behalf Of Bulborum Botanicum

I know only a complicated solution
this works here against voles
I use 7 mm galvanized wire mesh
and make little baskets for my very rare bulbs


2011/11/26 AW <>:
> That's fine but what do you do when rats dig up the bulbs and spread 
> them among adjacent pots in the process? Labels may survive but the 
> identities have been mixed.
> Andrew
> San Diego
> From: 
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> On Behalf Of Jane McGary
> Roland has plant show attendees moving his labels, and Randy has 
> banned small children. In addition to these nuisances, I had a flock 
> of crows invade a raised bed once, and they plucked out and tossed the 
> labels all about. Took me years to get the collection sorted.
> After that I adopted Roland's "buried backup label" system, using the 
> seed pot labels for that purpose.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, Usa
> At 10:35 AM 11/26/2011, you wrote:
>>I like it.
>>I have banned small children from the collection.  I once got a 
>>collection of named Pacific coast hybrid irises totally scrambled by a 
> of urchins.
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