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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 10, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I want to capture some itty bitty impatien seeds while they flower in my greenhouse. Once they go back into the yard, I don't think I want to tamper with the flowers, but enjoy them in all their glory. I tried extra small plastic bags but it almost rotted the seed pod. I thought these organza/polyester net bags used for party favors would do better. Was going to order white, but thought again that they might actually reflect the sun's warmth away from the pod. How about green? It would block the light too much? Hints? Suggestions?

http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff393/KUPix/Mobile%20Upl...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Christmas-Organza-Pouch-Bag-Drawstri...

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Feb 10, 2015 8:21 PM CST
I like this place for variety of sizes and colors, and low prices even with small order sizes. Like 30 small bags for $3-4 (prices from several years ago)

Note that you can buy them big enough to hold a bottle of wine - or most of a huge flower spike on a giant Delphinium.

Best Organza: Patti1957 order sizes around 30 or 10.
http://www.yourorganzabag.com/organzabag.htm

3"x 4" Flat Organza Bags 30 bags / $2.70 (OLD prices!)
4"x 6" Flat Organza Bags 30 bags / $3.90
6-1/2"x 15" Organza Wine Bags 10 bags / $3.90


I think that, since the air can pass through, they would not overheat.
Dark green would probably be most inconspicuous.

Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 10, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Thanks! Good price, @RickCorey! What color do you use/suggest?
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Feb 10, 2015 8:47 PM CST
You're very Welcome!

I got that link from @Patti1957.

I use any old color. If I were 10 times more organized and had 10 times as many species to collect from, I would get a variety of colors "to keep them straight", but I'm not and I don't, so I haven't.

I had great ambitions once, with Salvia species, but I had to remove one raised bed and the other was overwhelmed with weeds. Usually I can catch seeds before they drop, except for poppies.

Usually I lose seeds when the fall rains start. Seedheads turn into wet sponges and mold factories.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 10, 2015 10:23 PM CST
Cheryl, impatiens seeds are really pretty easy to collect... when the seed pods start looking "fat" i just hold them over/inside a container of some sort (usually a margarine tub, in my case) and pinch them off... when they finish drying they pop open and the seeds are all loose in the container. (But what I really like to do is show a pod to some unsuspecting visitor and tell them to touch it -- when they pop open it's almost like they're alive! Hilarious! )
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mjsponies
Feb 11, 2015 4:41 AM CST
I used to buy them at the Dollar store. They were in the wedding section. They used to carry several differt sizes. Sometimes the little draw strings weren't quite long enough to tie securley so I clip them wirh a clothe pin. They dry pretty fast if they get rained on.
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