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Growing (Louisiana) iris seed


Sonya,

 The recommended procedure for starting Louisiana iris seed is to soak 
the seeds in water for 1 or 2 days then plant in pots about 1/2 inch deep 
in a standard potting mix.  You can put as many as 50 seed to a 6 inch 
pot. Water well and then sink the pots in the ground to over winter in a 
sheltered place.  Water once a week if not watered by rain.  They can 
take any where from 2 weeks to two years to germinate.  A cold period is 
not required. The seedlings can be transplanted directly to the garden 
when 6 to 8 inches tall.  Alternatively, the seeds may be sown directly 
in the garden.  A soluble fertilizer will help the growing seedlings.  
They should be protected from freezes.  (Temps less than -4 deg C (25 F) 
will kill.) You should get blooms in two years.

My first Louisiana seedlings bloomed this season.  There weren't any 
future prize winners, but what a thrill!

Yes, please tell us about any native irids (No NZ native iris that I know 
of) and what types of iris are popular there.

Rodney
Rbarton@jove.acs.unt.edu





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