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Re: Re: HYB: seeds in containers

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: HYB: seeds in containers
  • From: "robert stewart" <crusher4@wnclink.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2001 13:47:50 -0400


Just want to thank you for such good info on iris seed.  Always wondered how to go about it.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: wmoores 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2001 8:05 AM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: HYB: seeds in containers

  > Some of my SDB crosses have dried and I've gathered.  But the big 
  > ones from TB crosses are still as green as ever.  How long does it 
  > take for the seeds inside to ripen?  And will the pods eventually dry and
  > crack as described?  Or do some ripen but stay green?
  > Patricia

     Seed ripening varies with the climate.  Our ninety plus heat can 
  begin in May after pods were formed in April.  With the heat and 
  persistent sunshine, I start to gather TB pods in mid to late June, 
  and by July 4, 90% of the crop is harvested.  I think I had two pods 
  this year than took a little longer to mature.  In cooler, cloudy 
  climates it may take longer for a pod to dry and split open.

      You don't have to wait until a pod turns completely brown and 
  splits open to harvest the seeds.  Many times a pale green pod 
  contains brown seeds even though it has not split at the seams.  
  Sometimes, with a late maturing pod, I will take a sharp knife and 
  cut into the pod at the tip where it would normally start to split.  
  If the seeds are brown, I go ahead and harvest it. If the seeds are 
  gray, tan, or still green, I leave the pod in place.  It's sort of a 
  judgment call and one that develops with experiencce - like spotting 
  balloon pods. If the pods have been on the stalk for two and a half 
  to three months, I would say they are ready without splitting open.  
  With more experience, you'll get the hang of it and just know which 
  ones are ready.

  I dry the seeds thoroughly and place the seeds in the freezer for 
  November planting in pots.  The pots are sunk in the ground and by 
  February, I am rewarded with little green sprouts.  If the weatherman 
  predicts 25o or below after some have sprouted, I cover the pots with 
  old blankets..

  Walter Moores
  Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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