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Re: HYB:Germination:Removing Inhibitors:Urban Legend??

All I can say is that Marilyn Maryott (nee Harlow) said she always put all the seeds from one pod in a bunch in one pot and it was because she got better germination that way. Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but based on her years of experience.


On Feb 18, 2007, at 5:48 PM, Autmirislvr@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 2/18/2007 6:21:04 P.M. Central Standard Time,
jijones@usjoneses.com writes:

<<In thinking about germination inhibitors, one should remember what the
evolutionary reason (or benefit) for the inhibitors is:  that being to
protect the species from  extermination>>

The various iris seed are well programmed for survival of the  species.
Unfortunately, that programming works contrary to the needs of the hybridizers.

Breaking dormancy: As seed germinate they release a chemical. I can't remember what it's called. I thought it was the same compound as released by an apple, but research shows that the apple releases ethylene, which doesn't sound right. I'm thinking anasomething or other? I'm going on a memory that
is over 30 years old.

Years ago I read that seed planted in a clump (not just iris seed) would germinate better. The released chemical was thought to have a ripening effect
on the rest of the seed.

Is this an Urban Legend?  At some point, I was told this is not  true.
Anyone able to clarify this for me?

Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---If you don't cross them, you can't
plant them!
Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:
Where the seeds are in the pots once  again!
_Reblooming Iris - Home Page_ (http://www.rebloomingiris.com/)
_iris-photos archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/)
_iris-talk archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/)
_AIS: American Iris Society website_ (http://www.irises.org/)

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