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Re: Re: HYB: Aging Seed Pods

In a message dated 7/5/2006 4:59:55 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
lmann@lock-net.com writes:

<<Seems like 12 weeks used to be what I expected, but these are  ripening
closer to 8 weeks.>>
Linda, I've noticed the same thing as a general rule here in south central  
KY.  But many of this year's early crosses are still holding on.   These were 
made April 22 -25 and a few are getting a bit soft (another  indicator) but 
many look like they could hang on for quite some time.  A  couple of later pods 
(5-5) started to split.  These are all from tall  bearded irises. 
This is the stage that is so critical because they can dry and split in an  
instant, or so it seems.  I'm trying to remember to walk the beds each  morning 
and night.  At some point I'll get frustrated and harvest the  remaining 
Air circulation keeps the pod from rotting.  A house cat and three  
granddaughters under 7 make the window sill a bit  impractical.   Again the lace bags 
come in handy.  I pin the  bag to my pegboard in the office and the ceiling fan 
helps finish the drying and  curing process.  This is a process I wish I'd 
thought of years ago!!!   So neat and so handy.  Hard to forget where I put 
I've three hanging on the board now.  I'm trying to 'save' them so my  oldest 
granddaughter can help with the shelling and counting.  A favorite  activity 
to share. 
Less mature pods are harder to open, but it's much simpler, and less  
frustrating to go ahead and harvest the seed straight from the  garden.  I place the 
seed in their envelopes and shake the envelope  each day until the seed are 
dry.  Either way, the seed are mature and  many will sprout.  
It's been years since I gathered Siberian seed pods.  My memory says  much 
smaller pods.  And I'm thinking . . . shorter maturation time?   Don't remember 
anything about germination.  Although I do remember that LA  & Spurias usually 
take two years to germinate.  They have a harder seed  coat??  I remember 
reading ways to reduce the time.  I collected seed  pods on both but didn't plant 
Molly, it's the length of time from pollination to maturation.  And it  can 
vary within type of irises and even from cultivar to cultivar or year to  year. 
 Just keep an eye on them.  After a year or two, you'll learn to  recognize 
the stages.  

If you  don't cross them, you can't  plant them! 
Betty W. in South-central  KY Zone 6 ---
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