Saturday, January 11, 2014
How To Clean Milkweed Seeds in Small Batches
Milkweed seeds are notoriously hard to clean. This is because the fluff (the parachute) attached to the seed tends to fly away or gets stuck in most machines. Some people have found success by burning it away but recent experiments have shown that up to 1/3 of the seed can be damaged (http://prairieecologist.com/2012/04/12/testing-assumptions-the-milkweed-seed-fiasco/). So most this job is done by hand. However, I offer you an alternative that I came across at work that works very well for small batches at a time.