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Native Seed Cleaning Demonstration at Ion Exchange, Inc. “Native Seed & Plant Nursery”

Seed Cleaning is in full swing at Ion Exchange, Inc., “Native Seed & Plant Nursery

Fanning Mills are a Critical Element In Cleaning Native Seeds

There are many steps in the process of cleaning native seeds. Each step needs to be understood if you are interested in cleaning your own seed or if you are just curious.

The fanning mill is an old invention but most farmers owned fanning mills to clean their clover seed and oats. However, they are also very effective in eliminating chaff and unwanted weed seeds from native seeds. Usually there are two screens in the mill on a shaker. In older days they were hand cranked to operate but now we have electricity. In the beginning, only one screen was used at a time and held with both hands while shaking back and forth. If the holes were the correct size, the seed would fall through and leave the chaff on top of the screen. We started cleaning our seed this way until we were able to purchase an old 2B Clipper Fanning Mill.

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Hand Operated Fanning Mill

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Hand Screens

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Take a look at a short video of one of our fanning mills.  

For All Your Native Wildflowers & Seeds Visit Our Website at Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

 

 

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What is the difference between Bare Root and Plug?

Rick
The plugs that we grow are in trays of 84 plants in a soilless medium with each plug measuring 1.125” diameter and 2.125” deep and shaped like a cone with a bottom drain. The bare roots are plants that were grown in beds for at least 2 years and have been freshly dug for you to plant. The majority of our plugs are $1.25 each and the bare roots are $5.00 each.
Let me know if you need more information.
Julie