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Cold nights....

> Bill-

Thanks for the suggestions.  I may just do that diggin'em up thing and bringin' them
in doors.  I have on or two plants that might be worth the effort and have crosses
started with some decent plants.  I am hoping for the best of course.

Thanks again.

> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 20:08:53 -0400
> From: WiN <raffi@sympatico.ca>
> Subject: Re: Cold Winter Nights?
> Mike ...I thought I'd make a few suggestions here:
> 1... next week, we be into October, and if your temperatures begin to go
> below freezing in say a month, then you are wasting your time pollinating
> now, because the seed will not ripen before freeze-up stops this process
> however:
>       a) ..if you see something really super, which you want to pollinate &
> obtain seeds from, then dig, pot up and bring this item indoors into a
> sunny window and continue pollinating indoors?  It takes about 3 months for
> seed to ripen, so you will have ripe seed by late January, possibly early
> February, if you wait for pods to begin splitting.
>       b) ...if you have scapes loaded with seed-pods, and these plants are
> in the late-flowering category (August - September bloom), these scapes can
> be cut and ripened in a water plus sugar solution; indoors.  When you know
> the temperature is going below freezing, start cutting.  If the pods have
> been on the scapes for over a month, there is a good chance the seeds will
> develope fully outdoors.  Collect the pods late November or even into
> December, unless you see pods becoming black & splitting.  If you try to
> ripen seed pods in the water + sugar solution, put a drop or two of bleach
> in the water, else water will become murky & mouldy and the flower stem
> will rot.  Smells yukky also.
> The above gives you a few options to choose from ...take your pick.  I
> would go with the potting & growing pods to ripen indoors, if you have some
> blooming now, and these, you do want to get seeds from?  My bet is, you
> will have viable seed by mid January, and by the latest mid-February.  The
> plants will have gone totally dormant by then, so you just put them in a
> cold room, after you take the seed pods off, and bring them out again early
> spring, to start growing again.
> hope this helps and good luck

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