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Re: CULT: Starting TBs in Cold Frame

  • Subject: Re: CULT: Starting TBs in Cold Frame
  • From: pbrooks@whidbey.net
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 04:55:57 -0000

--- In iris-talk@y..., "MARVIN EDWARDS" <fjmjedwards@w...> wrote:
> Neil, I tried the experiment of planting seeds right of out of the 
pod into the garden last year.  Fortunately I used a bee pod I really 
didn't want.  I planted 36 seeds and only 10 sprouted.  That's not 
good enough.  I will continue soaking and chilling my seeds.  I get 
at least 75 percent germination that way.
> Francelle Edwards at our cabin near Prescott, zone 6 were irises 
without water for 6 weeks still look good.
> 
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: neilm@c... 
>   To: iris-talk@y... 
>   Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 2:45 AM
>   Subject: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Starting TBs in Cold Frame
> 
> 
>   --- In iris-talk@y..., pbrooks@w... wrote:
> 
>   "...then toss them with dry milk in each cup to act as 
>   dessicator...." 
> 
>   Might be worth your while not to use the dry milk on part of the 
>   seeds to compare the effects of using/not using.  I suspect the 
two 
>   weeks chill may not require the dessicant.  Two weeks may also be 
>   rather short for TB's.
> 
>   An additional option you might consider trying is NOT drying some 
of 
>   the seed, but planting immediately upon harvest with no chill or 
soak 
>   at all while the seed is still unshrunken, soft.
> 
>   Good luck on your experiment.
> 
>   Neil Mogensen,  zone 6b/7a near Asheville, NC
> 
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