Mailing seeds in plastic vs paper?
I received some seeds from overseas that I have been soaking for a few weeks and one batch has five seedlings (which I potted up) with a nice long root and a leaf and the other 5 of the same variety just have a nice root like Kristi's.
Seeds sown on soil never worked all that well for me so I exclusively use the soaking method these days.
My question is; these seeds came in those little plastic baggies. So do any of you think that paper or plastic is better to use when mailing seeds?? I always use those little paper bags but as I'm not on the receiving end of my seeds I can't say if they were good or not.
There were three varieties of seeds in this overseas batch and one batch germinated very red to the point where it actually ate into the little bulblet The other variety has a smaller amount of red and some of the seedlings are nice and green and the third batch is just fine.
Does anyone think that plastic would make the seeds sweat and damage them especially since they are already in a plastic bubble lined mailing envelope? I have had domestic seeds that have germinated red also so I'm not sure it's the length of time in the mail (but it could be a factor).
I am sending some seeds to this friend overseas and am going to put a few varieties in plastic and the same varieties in paper so maybe this might be an experiment.
In a month or so when her seeds germinate I'll let you know if any were red...
Anyone have any thoughts? And another thought I always use plastic when I send pollen. Could this cause the pollen to sweat and damage this also?? Would paper be better for pollen?
Any comments would be appreciated..