Regarding soaking seeds, Ben Hager told me seeds did not need to be soaked
but if I did to be sure and drain the water off 2-3 times a day. If the
water is discoloring and a odor has occurred, the cellular material of the seed
is disintegrating. He said that was not a thing to allow to happen.
Seeds needs regular fresh water to soak out the inhibitor. Regular rinsing
is equivalent to out doors with regular rain flushing the seeds.
Just a different thought but that is what I have done for a long time
(years) and I always have good germination.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 2:23
Subject: [iris-photos] RE:Soaking iris
seeds to leach out inhibitors
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
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.
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