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Re: HYB: stratification seeds - another experiment
iris@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: HYB: stratification seeds - another experiment
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <101n@rewrite.hort.net>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:04:43 -0400 (EDT)

done!  two weeks before i'm able to remove bandage.



Betty Wilkerson
Zone 6 KY
autmirislvr@aol.com




-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Mann <101l@rewrite.hort.net>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 3:10 am
Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: stratification seeds - another experiment


Ripening fruit, including apples, give off ethylene, which promotes seed
germination.

Are you fixed already?

On 7/13/2014 12:25 PM, Betty Wilkerson wrote:
> Linda, I would only question the chemicals given off by the apple.  I seem
to
> remember apple being used to promote . . . . bla, bla, bla.
>
>
> Betty Wilkerson
> Zone 6 KY
> autmirislvr@aol.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linda Mann <101l@rewrite.hort.net>
> To: iris <iris@hort.net>
> Sent: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 4:26 pm
> Subject: [iris] HYB: stratification seeds - another experiment
>
>
> This year, I'm putting fresh (not dried) seeds straight into a baggie
> (no towel, or added moisture), closing it (not sealed) with a twist tie,
> then into a bigger zip lock bag, zipped ~90% closed, with half an apple
> for moisture.
>
> First seeds went in Sunday (today is Thursday), and I like what I see -
> a few drops of moisture condensing from the apple on the inside of the
> ziplock.  Just right.  I got the idea of using a cut apple from what we
> used to do to soften brown sugar after it turned into a brick - cut
> piece of apple, close up the box, and like magic, the next day it would
> be soft again.
>
> I've not been happy with moisture/air circulation for my stratifying
> seeds.  Used to wrap seeds in a slightly damp paper towel burrito style,
> but had to unwrap to inspect seeds, sometimes forgot to monitor them and
> lost a cross now and then.  Plants are so stressed here, they produce a
> lot (?) of seeds that aren't viable anyway, so never was sure if it was
> the burrito or the seeds.
>
> Last year, I tried a damp paper towel inside the sandwich baggies, but
> not wrapped around the seeds.  Just wadded up on top of them.  But I
> wasn't totally happy with that either.  I could see the seeds, but
> moisture wasn't consistent enough to suit me.  & some got a bit 'furry'.
>
> Because of erratic viability, % that sprout won't tell me a lot, but if
> the seeds that start out looking good are still looking good, I'll be
> happy.  Only one cross with a lot of good looking seeds so far, much
> worse breeding season than usual this year.  Some of the seeds that look
> bad from other crosses will probably be ok. Few seeds.
>
> Linda Mann
>
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