Seed envelopes

Rodger Whitlock
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:40:34 PST
On 16 Feb 2012, at 11:20, Jane McGary wrote:

> I keep two sizes of these envelopes handy, as the larger ones can be stuffed
> with whole capsules for drying and later cleaning, and then reused. I get
> them at office supply stores, but they're getting harder and harder to find,
> especially in multiple sizes. 

I prefer the plastic tubs that yogurt, sour cream, and similar edibles are 
packaged in, for drying seed before cleaning and packaging. I just put them on 
in a spare room where they get no direct sun in the summer, and have good air 
circulation. It's not practical to label these tubs, so I put a slip of paper 
in each one with the name of the plant on it.

Even the tiny plastic containers used for coffee cream, sides of salsa, and 
such in restaurants are usable for small amounts of seed, but some of these are 
on the top heavy side.

Be sure your cat doesn't take a flying leap up onto the surface the tubs of 
seed are sitting on! My Cuddles got yelled out and forcibly thrust out of the 
room when she did that in a fit of enthusiasm for peering out a window she 
normally doesn't get acess to.

For really bulky collections, brown paper lunch bags work very well, or even 
full sized brown paper grocery bags. Staple them shut if the plant likes to 
explode its seed when the capsules dry. Yes, alstroemeria, I'm referring to you.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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