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Re: HYB: Coddling Seedlings

From: "Randy C. Meuir" <rmeuir@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

On Mon, 15 Feb 1999, Glenn Simmons wrote:

> From: Glenn Simmons <glsimmon@swbell.net>
> John I Jones wrote:
> >
> >
> > Do you distribute you seeds over the surface of the pot or keep them in a
> > bunch in the middle.
> John,
> Didn't you once post a message saying Bill Maryott plants his seeds in a bunch or am
> I thinking of something else?
> Glenn
> --
> Glenn & Linda Simmons
> Springfield, Southwest Missouri, USDA Zone 6
> mailto:glsimmon@swbell.net
>          or
> mailto:GlennSimmons@ne

Glenn and John,

Al Roderick plants his TB seeds in a clump instead of spreading them out
or lining them out. I do not know if this is a common practice or not.
Al's theory is that when the first seed germinates it sends a signal to
the other seeds (I assume some chemical) which in turn causes them to
start germinating. I think this is a good method to increase germination
of dried seeds. I do not think it would be necessary with seeds planted
fresh from the pod since germination in this case is very high anyway. 
The only problem with planting seeds fresh from the pod here is that you
need a place to provide protection from the cold. I dried all my seeds
last year because I did not have room under my lights for them. 

I do not plant my seeds in a clump anymore because I leave them in pots
for several months and I end up with a mass of seedlings in the middle of
the pot with the area around the edge being empty. If you use the most
common method of lining out your seedlings as soon as possable this is not 
a problem. 

Someone told me Schreiners plants seeds in rows several inches apart. If
you had lots of room and time to wait for germination this would probably
be the best way because the iris could remain in place from seed to mature
plant. With such a huge operation this would probably save a lot on labor.
Does anyone on the list know if this is the method Schreiners uses? 

Columbia, MO
Zone 5

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