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Re: HYB: PS help - chilled seeds, germination

Trouble with leaving outdoors till 'normal' germination time remains the same for me, different for most of the rest of you.

Here in iris hell, I'm in a cold dark holler where the sun doesn't hit till late in the morning and it is usually a good 5oF cooler here than in surrounding areas all day long.

Which means germination is delayed, <and> I'm working with lines that (hopefully) delay rapid growth until <after> spring has arrived for sure (i.e., longer days or maybe higher temperatures). Unknown if these also require warmer temperatures to germinate.

It is a rare, rapidly growing, freeze tolerant, outdoor spring germinant that is big enough to transplant in spring and survive the summer here!

Which is part of why I started messing around with refrigerating and indoor germination in the first place.

hmmm... another possibility would be to put some of the seeds outdoors in a coldframe made of Reemay. That would probably give them enough extra warmth to germinate a bit earlier....

Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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