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Re: CULT: Is this weird, or what?

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: Is this weird, or what?
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:26:24 -0500

Linda  --  Yes.  It sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.  Sometimes the stalk rots, but not usually.  If the stalk doesn't rot, the pod will mature.  The seed pod needs to be drawing moisture, but I believe that the nutrients are already in the stalk.  Another trick I use is to stick the stalk in a raw potato.  To do this, I use a screwdriver or other tool of the same diameter as the stalk to punch a hole in the potato so that it fits tight.  I tend to use this method when someone accidentally breaks a pod off and there is only a short bit of stem left.  A large potato provides a solid base for a stem of a few inches in height and also provides nutrients, I believe.  This can also be resorted to if a stalk sitting in water rots.  Cut it off well above the affected area and stick it in a potato.  If the rot hasn't spread up, it will mature.  --  --  Griff
--- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: Is this weird, or what?

Are saying that the pod matured in a bottle of water! I had no idea that it could do that. Did I understand you right?

Sorry for your balloon, Linda.  Some years there seem to be many more than others.  Actually, this pod had a very close call.  Shortly after I took the photo, I found extensive rot at the base of the stalk.  I had to dig the plant, cut the stalk and set it in a water-filled wine bottle.  Thank goodness, it matured just fine after several weeks.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce & Linda
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2005 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: Is this weird, or what?

Good for you Griff!  I had one that looked just like that!  I was so excited.  When the pod started to dry it wasn't opening at all.  Finally after it was dry on the stalk for weeks, I removed it and found that it was a balloon!  Completely barren.  I just wanted to cry!  Oh well....maybe next time!  
Lascassas, TN
Zone 7

Maybe some of you have seen pods like this, but it was the first for me.  The cross is SILVER TRUMPETS x BRAVE NEW WORLD.  I thought maybe something like Obe Wan Kenobe was going to jump out full-blown.  Yielded 39 seeds.  I haven't deliberately tried for space-agers before, but I think I'm gonna get some here.  --  Griff



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