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    Please repost pics of the tray with seedlings geminated. I am curious to see the spacial array between seedlings months later if they disorient themselves from months earlier when they were manually sprinkled evenly over substrate.

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    Sorry, no germination as of yet.

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    Just a note to those who are curious, none of the seeds that I sent to the US last season germinated. Apparently, US Customs irradiates mail coming into the US, at least that addressed to certain places as well as suspect mail. I guess any envelope with seeds in it would be assumed to be contraband or something dangerous, so they zap it with radiation to kill anything biological. Luckily for those in other countries, this doesn't seem to be the case so recipients in the UK, Sweden, France, Singapore and South Africa have had germination.

    Now I need to find out how to send seed to the US without it getting zapped.

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    The seed wasn't zapped in the mail. Just if you sent it in a plain envelope, it got flattened as everything else does. If you want to prevent any smashing of any kind, they need to go into a bubble envelope or one with a filler-parchment like recycled newspaper in between.

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    From the information I have found, certain types of mail are irradiated (heat-treated) by USPS, namely post sent to government offices. However, I also understand that any mail considered suspicious may also be irradiated. This may have been discontinued altogether, I don't know. I'm just relying on statements made on various US government websites.

    I just find it odd that I sent tens of envelopes of seed all over the world last season, and every recipient has advised of germination, except the 5 persons in the US who all had 0% germination. That would tend to mitigate against the squashing theory, as there should be less geographic bias.

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    I used to grow a lot of adenium hybrids before nepenthes. I have sent away to many places. Everyone who received seed of them arrived like oatmeal, sort of flattened and quashed. Its the roller system the USPS uses to sort mail. Anyone whose ever seen the inside of a post office knows that mail is rolled over and flattened to be read sorted then processed again by this rolling/pressing siorting system.

    Example would be to send maybe sunflower seeds and see how it is received on the other US recipient. They will all say that they received flattened oatmeal when they open their mail!

    From experience.

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    I hadn't heard of the roller treatment. At least it should be easily surmountable. The next batches of excess seed I send out I'll put in bubble wrap. If that gets through OK I can send some rarer stuff.
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    How do you identify male/female seeds.In the wild here there are plenty.Maybe i should try northiana. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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