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Re: seed pods

  • Subject: Re: seed pods
  • From: neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 13:19:44 -0000

--- In iris-talk@y..., dalonzi35@y... wrote:
"...seed pods started growing but they either broke off prematurely 
or they turned yellow and seemed like they shriveled up....

This is normal.  Those pods will drop off.

What percentage of pollenizations actually form good, strong, healthy 
pods varies by the cross, the weather, soil moisture, and who knows 
what else.  Over the years I've seen it vary from about 30% to 80% 
takes.  The yellowing and shrivel show up in eight to ten days if the 
pod is going to drop.

Just keep on keeping on.  Persistence sometimes pays.

Some potential parents, however, are reluctant even when fertile.   
For three years I've pollenized almost every blossom of SKYWALKER, 
and finally this year got two pods on the same stalk.  I have no idea 
what condition was different.  I just kept trying.

Neil Mogensen  zone 6b/7a near Asheville, NC


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