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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 21

Title:
PROLONGING SEED LIFE

Author:
Eugene Baciu

pp: 103

Abstract:
Seeds of short life have presented problems for the nurseryman for centuries. In the days of the sailing ships, expeditions were made to gather plants from all over the world. Many of these plants had to be grown in containers on the ships and, in most instances, it took years to transport these plants to Europe and other countries. The steamship helped tremendously in transporting the plants that bear short-lived seeds. Then came the airplane and now we have jets that can transport the seeds from any place in the world to the grower in a few hours. Of course, at times it has taken up to six weeks to get them out of Customs. I have had seed received from Thailand by Customs on August 2 which were not released until September 16, resulting in very poor germination. I was unable to get a reason from Customs for their refusal to release my shipment. Perhaps some work could be done with Customs to shorten this period of time.

Resulting from our changing habits of living, we have developed

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