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Oct 16, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
I freeze lots of dayiily pollen in centrifuge tubes that I got from Earth Star, but they are no longer selling them. However, you can get them from Amazon! And I also got the little storage boxes to house them in from Earth Star, and there are two sizes -- store up to 50 or up to 100. I haven't checked on the box availability now, but here is a link to the tubes from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/1-5mL-Microcentrifuge-tube-snap-cap/dp...

And believe it or not, I'm halfway through my 12th box of 100, although I only store 70 per box as I leave three vertical rows empty so I can get my fingers in there more easily. This is a great way to store frozen pollen, and they say daylily pollen will keep like that for up to three years and still be viable. And every time I need some I take the tube out, rub it back & forth quickly in my hands to get it warm, use it, and then immediately refreeze it -- and it works!

Edit: I just checked, and here are the storage boxes:

http://www.amazon.com/Argos-Translucent-Polypropylene-Microc...

However, I always paid something like $8.95 for a 100-slot box and under $6 for a 50-slot box, and around $5 for 100 1.5 ml tubes. But these examples are only from Amazon, and I'll be they could be found elsewhere on the net for less.

Betty

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