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Re: Re:Seeds

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re:Seeds
  • From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 20:05:23 +1000

I use the cistern to soak my seeds, mostly TB's. It's simply the easiest way
I know of doing 100 or so crosses at one time. Our winters are variable, so
I soak, and chill in the fridge. I get two rounds of gernimation, one from
the initial planting and  a second one about now. However I have more time
to deal with my seedlings early in winter and if I pick them out soon after
they germinate they are better established before our very hot summers. From
the beginning of Oct onwards we are so frantically busy, that if the season
turns hot suddenly (as it did last year) I can lose a lot of seedlings. For
me, in our climate, the earlier my seeds germinate the better.

Colleen Modra
South Aust

----- Original Message -----
From: Jan Clark <janclarx@hotmail.com>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2001 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re:Seeds

> Carryl wrote:
> > > I sorta laugh to myself when a talker talks about putting seeds in
> >the
> > > toilet tank for xxx flushes, or in and out of the frig every day--
> >that is
> > > work!!!!!  I try to emulate Mother Nature--and do the seeds her way-
> >-and for
> > > me it works
> Here in Australia, where the winters don't always get cold enough, it may
> not work as well, or may take an extra year, for good germination, and you
> run the risk of losing seeds from drying out in our hot summers.
> From what I have read, the people who use the toilet tank method are
> about siberian irises, so the situation is different again.
> cheers, Jan Clark
> Australia, zone 9 soon to be zone 8
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