Re: HYB: seeds in containers
- Subject: Re: HYB: seeds in containers
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 00:17:47 -0000
Thanks so much for this info, Walter. VERY helpful.
-- In iris-talk@y..., "wmoores" <wmoores@w...> wrote:
> > 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
> > take for the seeds inside to ripen? And will the pods eventually
> > 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
> 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
> 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
> judgment call and one that develops with experiencce - like
> 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
> 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
> predicts 25o or below after some have sprouted, I cover the pots
> old blankets..
> Walter Moores
> Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8
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