Desktop Seed Cleaner
Tue, 01 Mar 2005 22:19:22 PST
Unless you are handling enormous quantities of material I should have
thought a manual process would in fact be just as quick as using a machine
in which you have to adjust all the settings for each species. The genera
you mention all have dense, more or less round seeds that lend themselves
very well to a manual process of simple sieving and winnowing that would get
them 99% clean in a couple of minutes. A graded series of seed-cleaning
sieves would be useful.

A clipper will only go so far: there would still be the final cleaning to be
done by sieving and winnowing.

My recommendation for a seed-cleaning equipment supplier would be Seed
Processing, from Enkhuizen in The Netherlands, which produces an
extraordinary range of equipment in all shapes and sizes, but I do not know
if they have a USA representative.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gilbert Nancy L Contr 9 CES/CEC (by way ofMary Sue Ittner
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To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 10:05 PM
Subject: [pbs] Desktop Seed Cleaner

> To All,
> Do any of you out there have any experience using small scale seed
> machines for processing bulb seeds? In particlular, we are interested in
> the Clipper desktop seed cleaner or equivalent and how well such a machine
> handles the pods and small seeds of California native bulbs such as
> Brodiaeas, Alliums, Dichelostemmas etc. We also would appreciate any leads
> as to where we might be able to purchase a used seed cleaner at a
> reasonable price.
> Thanks.
> Nancy Gilbert
> Far West Bulb Farm
> Zone 7, Northern California Sierra Foothills

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