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Re: HYB: help - chilled seeds, germination

Some crosses that are reluctant to the germinate after 12-16 weeks of chilling respond after temperature cycling between 70 F and 40 F (or yes, moving to the outdoors in pots.  But you can do this indoors too.   Depending on where you live puting them outside at this time of year might not create enough of a higher temperature to help and would simply continue the chilling process.

I have not noticed any further significant benefit to continued chilling.  A few may gerniate but not worth the wait for the few you might get and the extended watching you would need to do.

If you temperature cycle indoors you should notice significant germination within two weeks.  If they still don't germinate after cycling for a couple months another round of chilling might help or by resorting to using other forced germination methods discussed in this forum and AIS publications.

I think you should put them on the sunporch if you are getting a good and fairly reliable temperature difference between day and night temperatures.  Simple and less work for five pods.  But then again it depends on what crosses they are and how important or significant the crosses are to you.  

Paul Archer
Raleigh, NC  Zone 8

-----Original Message-----
>From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
>Sent: Dec 21, 2007 7:06 PM
>To: iris@hort.net
>Subject: [iris] HYB: help - chilled seeds, germination
>One more cross has started to germinate in the fridge.   The seeds have 
>all been in the fridge for 5 months now.
>For those of you who have experimented with refrigerator chilling, how 
>much longer should I leave them in the fridge?
>Or should I pot the rest and put them outdoors to experience 
>intermittent chilling?
>If I do that, I will probably bring them into the sun porch if it gets 
>into the low 20s F or colder.
>If it's just cumulative chilling that triggers germination, I could 
>leave them in the fridge, but if the remaining genetic mixes are waiting 
>for some alternating temperatures, they might not ever germinate.
>Plus these guys may need to get a good rinsing to remove additional 
>inhibitors un-related to chilling.
>What to do...
>Maybe I should soak them all for a few days with changes of water, then 
>put them back in the fridge for a few more weeks, then pot them??  A lot 
>of fussing around, but only about 5 pods left.  That's manageable.
>Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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