aztekium ritteri seed

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aztekium ritteri seed

Post by Tina » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:00 pm

Hi all
Just found some seed on my aztekium ritteri plant, I can't remember my plants flowering together so is the seed likely to be viable ?.

Also has anyone got a design for a seed collection pump, I have a vague idea on the design but one in use would be helpful, the seed was quite difficult to grab as it's small, some fell down the ribs :mad: .
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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by Tony R » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:09 pm

You could use something like a Dreschel bottle, if you have one around the department, or make something equivalent; connect a tube with a narrow orifice on the inlet side on the left (which has a long vertical tube) and then suck on the outlet tube (the one at the "top") on the right.
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Else, (ha! ha!)you could buy and adapt a mini "Henry" vacuum cleaner (My daughter bought my son one as a novelty gift for Christmas) for cleaning his PC keyboard etc. !! for a fiver!!
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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by DaveW » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:04 pm

I believe they are also called a "pooter" What Tony does not show in his diagram is you need a bit of cloth or fine net inside the jar over the end of the tube you suck through to prevent you sucking up fine seed in the case of Aztekium into your mouth, or in the entomologist's case small insects.

http://www.show.me.uk/site/make/Natural ... ACT59.html

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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by Tina » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:14 pm

Thanks Tony
Just had a mooch around the labs & found 2 glass vessels that are perfect for this, I just need to replace the tubing & give them a good wash.

Dave , yes I did think about bugs & debris so maybe a cotton wall bung on the outlet tube,

No idea about seed viability, is it self compatable ?
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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by Diane » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:58 pm

It should be OK, Tina, they are self fertile. Good luck with them!
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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by DaveW » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:45 am

Hi Tina,

Surprisingly you can actually buy pooters if you don't want to make one:-

http://www.uksafari.com/shop/goods/pooters.htm

http://www.watdon.co.uk/the-naturalists ... oters.html

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Re: aztekium ritteri seed

Post by gramps » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:31 pm

The easiest way is to us a biro tube or a length of tubing (or similar)
with a piece of cloth over the end .. just don't get it soggy when you suck
Nothing more sophisticated is required unless you have a lot of seed to harvest
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