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PCN: seedlings

From:	dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net (Dennis Kramb)

Since the weather is so miserable in Cincinnati today, I decided it just
wasn't a good day for Christmas shopping.  I just came back in from
inspecting all my garden beds and containerized plants, and I was
dumbfounded by what my PCN seeds are doing!

First of all, Vicki Jo Craig was kind enough to share PCN bee pod seeds
with fellow IRIS-TALKers like myself.  I planted all of them back in
August.  The little boogers just started germinating!

But since the soil is so cold (like, frozen), they're literally heaving
themselves up out of the ground!  In a panic I brought them inside.  It
appears only about 25% of them have germinated.  But most of those will
likely die because the roots, fans, and seed covers are completley above
ground.  One or two is growing "normally."

First of all, should I try to replant the exposed ones?  Or is it too
delicate a process?

Second of all, doesn't it freeze in the Pacific Northwest???  I'm surprised
these seedlings picked such a awful time to try to germinate.  It's like a
mass suicide pact, or something.

Third, do these guys need direct light?  If so, I'm in trouble.

Dennis Kramb; dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6; AIS Region 6
Member of AIS, ASI, HIPS, RIS, SIGNA, SLI, & Miami Valley Iris Society
Primary Interests: ABs, REBs, LAs, Native Ohio SPEC and SPEC-X hybrids
(Check out my web page at http://home.fuse.net/dkramb/home.html)

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