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Re: RE:Soaking iris seeds to leach out inhibitors

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] RE:Soaking iris seeds to leach out inhibitors
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 15:39:34 -0400

Thanks, Elm  --  That[s a good description of the odor.  --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 3:23 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] RE:Soaking iris seeds to leach out inhibitors

Griff,
 
    I soak my seeds for 2-3 days before planting them.  About the 2nd day a sour smell arises.  I would describe it as a cross between an ammonia smell and the odor of yeast.  It's just a natural occurence, and it doesn't matter whether the seeds are from the aril iris family,
TBs, SDB, or whatever.  Swecondly, late in the 1st day of soaking or early on the second day, the water begins to turn a copper-brown.  I think rather than that being from the inhibitors it is just a natural process, like boiling onion skins, beets, black walnut husks, etc to obtain beautiful nature dyes that people use for dying wools.
 
Elm


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