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Re: HYB: seed growing methods

Michelle, have we helped you at all?

Try searching using the keyword <germination>

If you are especially interested in species irises, there may also be more information in the species group.

For TBs, people use a variety of methods - the Paul Black method (variations, but basically harvest, dry, shell, plant outdoors in late fall & let nature take its course); the "burrito" method (variations that involve wrapping in a damp paper towel like a burrito and chilling in the fridge before planting); or planting "fresh" (this has been mentioned several times, but no details ever posted, so I don't know what this means - fresh seeds planted when they are ripe but not dry tend to rot here).

Plus there are more sophisticated methods (embryo stuff) for seeds that are hard to germinate; varying or constant temperature; varying length of time chilled, including more than one chilling cycle..

Unfortunately, technique that works really well for one TB cross may not work well for another.

If you have specific questions, please ask again and we will try to help.

You could probably write a book using all the archived info on germination!
Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.DiscoverET.org/etis>
Region 7, Kentucky-Tennessee <http://www.aisregion7.org>
American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
talk archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/>
photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
online R&I <http://www.irisregister.com>

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