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Re: HYB: seeds - what to do?

Linda, Have you ever seen those plastic covers for basement windows? They're used to divert water away from the window frame (can't seem to find an image online, or I'd post a link). I've been contemplating using them like mini greenhouses.   I've been thinking of putting them along the foundation of the house with southern exposure.  I think they would give the seedlings atleast some protection.  Last time I checked southlands and they had them for around $5ea.  This might be an option if you can't bring them inside.  Just an idea.  I haven't been able to purchase them yet myself, it's getting cold tonite, I think I'm gonna try to bring the seedling pots inside, eventhough I haven't figured out where I'm going to put them.:/hmmm.
Will Warner
sw mo zone 6
ps. my seeds were in the fridge for several months before going outside, so they should have had plenty of cold time.   
> From: Linda Mann <lmann@volfirst.net>
> Date: 2005/01/04 Tue AM 10:58:22 CST
> To: iris- talk <iris@hort.net>
> Subject: [iris] HYB: seeds - what to do?
> I'm worried that the seeds that are outdoors are going to start
> germinating and get killed by the next drop in temperatures into the
> teens or lower.  Highs have been in mid to upper 60s, even low 70s this
> last week or so.
> Most of them haven't been outdoors long enough to get adequate chilling
> to germinate, but undoubtedly some have.  A month was enough for a few
> in the experiments a year or so ago.
> ==Suggestions?  I don't have room to bring them all indoors, plus most
> need more chilling than they've gotten so far.
> I didn't make a note when this warm up started or when it finally
> started getting really cold (enough below freezing to kill tender
> annuals) to even know how long they've been chilled and now warmed.
> ==Did anybody make note of the dates?  Seems like the cold got here
> around the last week of Nov or even the first week of Dec, but I'm not
> sure.  And this warmth started around Christmas?
> At least the seeds that need two chilling cycles to germinate should be
> ready to pop this spring.  Of the seeds pre-chilled in the fridge for 2
> to 3 months, then put outdoors to germinate in the late fall warmth,
> then brought indoors for more chilling on the sunporch, now warm again,
> are starting to send up a few more sprouts.  At least two crosses have
> already gone from one seedling in the first round to 6 or 8 the second
> round (from 1 to 3% germination, increased to around 20% or so).
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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