Great Way To Save Pollen and Seeds: Tiny plastic containers for pollen and seeds

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Great Way To Save Pollen and Seeds

By Cat
August 30, 2014

It's great to find inexpensive and easy things to help around the garden!

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Aug 29, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Thanks for that Idea, Catherine! I've been browsing scientific supply website trying to find something inexpensive that I don't have to buy 500 of!

I have more than enough empty pill bottles for larger containers, but “1/2 of a cotton ball” sounds just right for sharing samples of super-hot chili pepper powders. I just bought some several-fluid-ounce batches of thermonuclear powder, and I want to send some 1-teaspoon samples to friends.

Oh boy oh boy, they had BETTER heed my warning labels!

I would have sent samples in 2x3” Ziplocs, except they might pop open during mailing, or someone might have a spill while opening one. The “Trinidad Scorpion” powder approaches 2 million Scoville Heat Units, which is also the rating of civilian “Mace” brand pepper spray.
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kqcrna
Aug 29, 2014 7:28 PM CST
Rick, I think you stay awake nights trying to think about something to worry about next.

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Cat
Aug 29, 2014 8:29 PM CST
I've been using them for pollen and seeds. They are working out Great!
Cat
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Aug 29, 2014 8:38 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Karen
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chelle
Aug 29, 2014 9:37 PM CST
I want some! Big Grin

( Hilarious! No, Rick, not the “Trinidad Scorpion” powder... Sticking tongue out )

Great tip! Thanks Catherine. I tip my hat to you.
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SCButtercup
Aug 30, 2014 5:11 AM CST
Rick is just be practical, he has a spice that can double as a weapon.
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blue23rose
Aug 30, 2014 6:12 AM CST
Great tip. Dollar stores are all over the place and they do have some unusual item. I like the pictures showing how you store the pollen. When you want to use the pollen, how do you get it off the cotton to apply it?
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 30, 2014 7:21 AM CST
@blue23rose Perhaps a Q-tip? I'm really guessing.
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blue23rose
Aug 30, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Thanks, Jean. I've wondered before how it was done, but just never asked the question. Since I've pollinated the last two years, now I'd like to explore saving pollen from some of the late bloomers to pollinate the early bloomers or vice versa.
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beckygardener
Aug 30, 2014 8:45 AM CST
Great idea, Cat! And a cheap source for storage! Thank you!
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Cat
Aug 30, 2014 9:18 AM CST
Vickie,

I just used a flat tooth pick. It worked pretty good. I did also dip the stigma into the pollen if needed. I had pods set and produce seed using this method of collecting pollen for daylilies this year.
Cat
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Aug 30, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Okay, I see. You actually take the container to the plant. That's cool. Thanks.
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Cat
Aug 30, 2014 11:47 AM CST
I also found this storage container (at a different store) that has come in real handy. Each section opens. I just keep all my small gardening / pollinating things in it and just carry it with me when I go out. If I was planning on pollinating any daylilies that day, I just put the containers of stored pollen in the bottom section and carried it with me. It cost about $8.00. I just love this thing!
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rocklady
Aug 30, 2014 1:07 PM CST
@Cat, I LOVE this container! I'm assuming all of the three parts fit together, so it is one unit. I'm always looking for containers like this, not only for gardening but also to hold my beading supplies.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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kgb
Aug 30, 2014 2:56 PM CST
I am on multiple prescriptions daily. I peel the labels off the containers and use them for seed collection. Free is a very good price.
Name: Catherine
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Cat
Aug 30, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Jean,

Yes they all snap together.

@kgb yes free is a good price if you have the RX bottles, don't and didn't have any way to get enough of them to use for all the pollin.
Cat
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 31, 2014 8:18 AM CST
@Cat At what store should I start my search for those snap-together storage units? Sometimes different locations have different stock. I can start my search in AR but will be soon going to FL if I can't find them here.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Aug 31, 2014 3:01 PM CST
https://www.google.com/search?q=snap+together+containers&new...

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Name: Catherine
IN (Zone 5b)
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Cat
Aug 31, 2014 8:06 PM CST
@rocklady I got it a Dollar General
Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 31, 2014 8:08 PM CST
@Cat Thank You! I'll be looking for it there! Thumbs up
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam

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