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HYB: CULT: what I've learned

We seem to be in a bit of a lull for the moment, so I thought I'd share some of the new things I've learned (or think I've learned) during the year.

Most useful is probably results of the experiment to chill seeds in mature pods without shelling them. Germination has been as good or better than the usual shell, dry, soak, burrito method. Pods were ripe, just starting to split.

I learned a lot from the trip to Portland, especially how impossible it is for hybridizers in that climate to identify in their own gardens which cultivars will survive/thrive in very humid climates with foliage constantly soaked in dew.

The other big thing for me this year was learning that some cultivars that hate my climate and soil will live, bloom, and even produce good pollen when grown in pots of mostly perlite.

Any of the rest of you have things you've learned this past year you would share? I've learned so much from this group, I'm finally starting to run out of questions.

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