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Re: HYB:2001 Seed

Betty, your experience has been the same as mine this year.  I had more pods than ever.  They seem to ripen about three weeks earlier than before.  I harvest them when they split and they seem to be filled with very small, immature seeds.  Fortunately not all are like that, but perhaps about half.  I attributed it to our early, hot summer.  A few pods are still on the plants, so I am hoping for better seeds from those.
Francelle Edwards,  113 F. yesterday and probably today  Glendale, AZ
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: storylade@aol.com 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2001 6:36 PM
  Subject: [iris-talk] HYB:2001 Seed

  Iris pods seem to mature earlier each year.  My bloom season is running about 
  a week earlier than when I lived in Alvaton (12 miles south).  But my pods 
  are maturing three weeks to a month earlier . . . last year and this year.  

  I began harvesting pods today.  They were cracking.  One of the most 
  anxiously awaited pods produced only 17 mature seed with several dozen 
  immature/aborted seed.  A few were half grown but most were no bigger than a 
  kitten's baby tooth.  In hindsight, does anyone think I could have done 
  something to assure more mature seed?  We've had plenty of water this spring 
  so that shouldn't have been a problem.  How about fertilizer?  I didn't add 
  anything after pod set this year.


  Betty / Bowling Green KY USA  Zone 6
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