Seeds forum: Little baggies

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Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Aug 10, 2012 8:25 AM CST
Hi,

Does anyone know where I can get those little baggies with the zip close ? They are 1" x2" or
so.. I like keeping seeds in them.But,I dont have anymore from seeds I purchased :)

Thanks
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piksihk
Aug 10, 2012 10:20 AM CST
I saw some at Hobby Lobby.
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woofie
Aug 10, 2012 11:58 AM CST
You can also buy them through places like Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/SE-Self-Locking-2MIL-1000/dp/B0019AL8S...
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CarolineScott
Aug 10, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Pharmacy, Hobby and what we call Loonie Stores or one Buck stores.
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mom2goldens
Aug 10, 2012 4:30 PM CST

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I also buy mine at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 10, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Wal-Mart has the best prices for 2x3 Zip-Locs. Around 1 cent each.

ULINE and Clearbags are my favorites for different sizes. ULINE inclines towards cases of 1,000.
Clearbags sells smaller packs, but you can get a prioce break if you buy more.
There is SOME online store that chhnarges LESS shipping for bigger orders, so try building an order above $40 to see if the shyipping goes down.

ULINE:
http://www.uline.com/BL_208/2-Mil-Reclosable-Bags

I think Clearbags has the very highest quality Ziplocs. Clearer and denser plastic, 2 mil or 4 mil. Wide variety!
http://www.clearbags.com/crystal-clear-bags/crystal-clear-zi...
http://www.clearbags.com/clear-bags/value (cheaper 1.5 mil)

Fetpack has really tiny "Apple Bags" - Zip-Locs down to 3/8"x3/8" in many colors..
But they charge an extra $7 for orders under some large dollar amount!
http://www.fetpak.com
http://www.fetpak.com
https://www.fetpak.com/index.php/apple-brand-mini-zip-baggie...


While I have these links in front of me, here's where I shop for glassine envelopes of different sizes.
3"x5.5" "peanut bags" will hold 15-20 2x3" Zip-Locks and take up NO space inside a jar.

Clearbags Glassine:
http://www.clearbags.com/stationery/envelopes/translucent-en...

ULINE: search for glassine BAGS, not glassine ENVELOPES. Bags are cheaper, like 2 cents each (1,000 / $21.00)
http://www.uline.com/BL_5507/Glassine-Bags?keywords=Glassine...
http://www.uline.com/BL_1577/Glassine-Envelopes?keywords=Gla...
http://www.uline.com/BL_5507/Glassine-Bags?keywords=Glassine...


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Onewish1
Aug 10, 2012 6:28 PM CST

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amazon.. staples... michaels.. walmart.. I found them lots of places.. thanks for all the links Rick!!
Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Aug 10, 2012 7:11 PM CST
Thanks I never thought of looking those places Blinking

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RickCorey
Aug 13, 2012 3:45 PM CST
I went hunting for weeks once, looking for the cheapest price AFTER shipping. It may have c hnaged since then, but some of those places have LOTS of variety.

There is a rnage of quality, expecially in glassine envelopes. I got some cheap ones from ULINE once, with somewhat ragged zig-zig-cut edge ("pinking shears"?) and the open end not pre-folded. The glue had also oozed out just a little so you had to pry some bags apart. But they were cheap and big and that was what I wanted.
Name: Lila
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imabirdnut
Aug 19, 2012 3:35 PM CST
Our local WalMart has them in the jewelry/craft section for $1 for 100 1x2" bags & $2 for the larger 2x3" size! I tried buying the manilla coin envelopes in the past from office supply stores & the small seeds fall out of the edges!
We buy a lettuce mix at Sam's Wholesale Club & I use the empty plastic boxes to collect seed heads & let them finish drying in my garage!
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Lila
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 20, 2012 11:10 AM CST
>> I tried buying the manilla coin envelopes in the past from office supply stores & the small seeds fall out of the edges!

I don't use those any more, but I used to, for seeds that might have just a little more drying to do. Humidity only passes very slowly out of plastic Zip-Locs.

When I did use coin envelopes, I scotch-taped the bottom flap and a little of the seam up the back "just so they wouldn';t come unglued".
That was probably unnecessary.

Even though I used a paper clip to keep the top flap closed, I didn't trust them not to leak seeds, so I always propped them up until dry enough to seal into plastic Zip-Locs.

Try cutting the bottom 2-3" off a small cardboard box, like macaroni-and-cheese or Corn meal biscuits or crackers or cereal, for a small "tray" to hold lots of seed pkts upright. Also, largeish pill bottles will hold just one Zip-Lock upright and open, for spooning or funneling seeds into. It's best if the pill bottle is slightly smaller than the Zip-Loc, to hold it open a bit.

I fold squares of stiff, glossy magazine cover (or card stock) into small-mouth funnels that will fit into a 2x3" Ziplock, and give me a larger target for pouring seeds into. 3-4 pill bottles INSIDE a Ritz cracker-box-bottom will hold 3-4 Zip-Locs and funnels upright side-by-side, for mass seed counting. If that's a little tippy, puit some coins or clean pebbles into the bottom to weight it down.


Now I skip the coin-envelope step for drying seeds. After drying for a few weeks on coffee filters, I transfer them into Zip-Locs held OPEN with a bit of office paper folded zig-zag to keep the Zip-Loc wide open. I still rely on propping them upright until they're "paranoid-dry".

BTW, office paper serves as a crude initial gauge of dryness. If it is at all limp, the seeds are WAY too moist.
Newspaper is suposed to be better: it will 'crackle' when fully dry, be stiff when dryish, or limp when humid.
Anyway, I store seeds in plastic tubs with a dessincant packet and humidity indicating card, so I don;'t think I've left any paranoid stone unturned.

I make silica-gel dessicant pkts out of Kraft Paper coin envelopes with a little scotch tape on bottom & side. I used 2-3 staples to hold the top flap closed, but a little dusty silica gel DOES leak out if they fall over. Maybe I should tape the top flap closed, too. Flower-drying silica gel is very non-toxic, and a small tub only needs 1-2 tablesoonsfull. I think it was $5-6 for 1 1/2 pounds at a craft store. I've been using that for several years, and plan to regenerate the silica gel in the oven when I get to the bottom of my jar.
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woofie
Aug 20, 2012 11:22 AM CST
I personally love the little 3-oz Dixie cups for collecting seeds. I buy them anyway for taking medicine (things I have to take with milk) because I get tired of washing glasses. Hilarious! I rinse them out after use and let them dry, then use them for seed collecting (and occasionally seed starting!) They're nice because you can write on them, and if the seeds are small (like petunias) you can stack them to save space. I store my small seeds in glassine envelopes tucked inside larger paper envelopes that I make from small mailing envelopes. They fit nicely in plastic shoeboxes.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 21, 2012 8:29 PM CST
>> little 3-oz Dixie cups for collecting seeds.

I guess you pick pods by hand? I recently "harvested" a huge Pacific Giant Delphinium with 12-14" flower spikes using the biggest tray I could find, a big plastic litter-box. Even so, I spilled a lot of seeds, some in my hair. That plant is TALL! I didn't mind losing some seeds, becuase I wound up with 24 teaspoonsfull (teasponnfulls?) of seeds! A half-cup!

Anyone want lots of very fresh light blue & light purple Pacific Giant Delphinium seeds? "Bee Larkspur".
It's like pastel stained glass when the sun is behind it.
The seed was Botanical Interests Heirloom #1014, self-pollinated. This is the first generation in my garden, just one plant. so I doubt it cross-pollinated with anything else. I'm eager to see what the F2 color range from just one parent will be, when the seeds were an OP strain to start with. But It's so big, I don;t have room for more than one plant! They say it is a short-lived perennial in some areas, but this is my third yhear and it's bigger each year.

http://www.botanicalinterests.com/products/view/1014/Delphin...



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>> small seeds in glassine envelopes

I find it hard to get dust-like seeds out of ANYthing! But glassine is easier than plastic. Someone said that you can kill the "static levitation" of seeds in plastic Zip-Locs by wiping the OUTSIDE of the Zip-Loc with a clothes-dryer anti-cling sheet before opening the Zipo-Loc.

But I don't own any dryer sheets

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