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Re: seed pots

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] seed pots
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 14:03:31 -0500

Linda  --  Your seedlings look good, but unless you are limited in planting 
space and intend to cull some of your seedlings before planting, I can't see 
why you don't just plant them outside in sufficiently wide and deep 
containers (6" x 7") and, when they're a few inches tall, just plant them 
directly into the ground.   You mention that you lose a lot of seedlings. 
Whenever you transplant a new sprout, you do two things:

1.  You interrupt and retard its growth cycle, even if just a little.

2.  The plant suffers shock.

In my opinion, you're upping the odds of loss every time you do this, so 
doing it only once should give you a lower loss rate.  --  Griff

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris photos" <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 5:53 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] seed pots

> Seeds started in small pots.
> Tallest are about 3 1/2", ready to transplant (foreground in one
> photo).  Others are about 2 1/2" tall.  Same age, different crosses.
> Foliage of some just grows faster.
> When a lot of seeds germinate from a cross, they are transplanted to
> window box type planters or large pots.  When only a few come up, they
> go in individual pots.  The top inch or so of foliage trimmed off before
> transplanting.
> They will be lined out in the garden when they are bigger, starting to
> form a small rhizome or at least thicker roots.  A few of the earliest
> germinants from burrito'ing (not shown) are already big enough.  These
> photos are of seeds planted outdoors, brought inside as soon as they
> began to germinate.
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
> East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
> American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
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> photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
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