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Mailing orchid pollen

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Chris, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    What's your preferred method?

    Specifically, I'm talking about mailing Cattleya pollen.
     
  2. Clark

    Clark Gator Member

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    Chris,
    I've seen people using wax paper. Fold it up so the pollen doesn't fall out.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Domestically or internationally?
     
  4. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Jon, domestically.
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Waxed paper then folded in a piece of normal paper. Or you could fold it up in a coffee filter or paper towel instead of the wax paper.
     
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    It won't stick to waxed paper, but it will to a coffee filter.
     
  7. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    I've not had that problem.
     
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    Dale New Member

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    I just cut the corner off an envelope, fold it over, tape it closed, and mail it.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I use a small glassine envelope (available from stamp collector stores). I also make a little holder of cardboard so that the pollen is in a recessed area and won't get squashed. A cardboard slide holder works too as a protector.
     
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    That's a great method Marni.
     
  11. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    If you're going to use the cardboard box, Chris, make a tiny little pillow so the pollen can rest while in transit.