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Re: Re:Re: HYB: pod ripening/germination

  • Subject: Re: Re:Re: HYB: pod ripening/germination
  • From: christian foster <flatnflashy@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:06:52 -0700 (PDT)


I'm basically lazy.  I harvest my pods green, because I want them when
I want them not when they're "ready".  I don't dry them out, because then I
would have to go all the trouble to soak them before they would germinate.
The trouble with the seeds is, they didn't read the book.  If the book says
soak for seven days then that cross will want ten days of soaking.  If the
book says they will germinate after two months of cold, then that cross will
want four months of cold.  That basically means that if you try to manage your
seeds so that they will germinate at just such and such a time then they won't
cooperate with the plan.

I harvest green pods, put them in burritoes (with
8cc of water) and put them in the fridge.  I thought that just leaving them at
crisper drawer temps until they germinated was the ticket.  Unfortunately, it
now appears that my data was suspect, apparently the fridge was broken and
occasionally warming.


greenthumbs <greenthumbs777@yahoo.com>
To: iris@hort.net
Sent: Wednesday, June
17, 2009 7:45:08 AM
Subject: Re: [iris] Re:Re: HYB: pod ripening/germination
  Do you allow the seeds to fully dry after harvesting the pod and store them
away until a desired planting time or sow them immediately?

  I have a
in my barn too, but during the winter it freezes in it unless there is
a light
kept on in it. Seeds would probably be better off in my house fridge.
--- On Tue, 6/16/09, irischapman@aim.com
<irischapman@aim.com> wrote:

> From:
> Subject: [iris] Re:Re: HYB: pod
To: iris@hort.net
> Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 11:09
> I have 'hatched"
seeds many times in
> a fridge over summer. Normal
fridge temperature. These
> planted flats of seeds that didn't germinate
over winter.
> Inevitably
the seeds are germinating after  three
> months at
this temperature, as long
as they didn't dry out.
> They start to germinate in
> Great
germination this past winter in cold room in
> garage.  I
had a small space
heater on low to kkep them
> from freezing. the ones that
dried out didn't
germinate well
> and are now in barn fidge.
> Worst
germination ever was
when I had seeds in cold
> greenhouse. The high
temperatures resulted in very
> levels of germination.
> Chuck Chapman
> Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009
17:08:40 -0400
> From: Linda Mann
> Subject: [iris] Re:
HYB: pod ripening/germination
Too hot or too cold at the wrong time are
bad, but I don't
> have
temperature data.
> Too cold is maybe below 25oF?
just as seeds are about
> sprout; too hot
> - - don't know, but I worry
above 70oF - if they do
> they are more
> likely to damp off or
> After having
burrito bags occasionally freeze in the
> fridge,
I've set it
> higher to make
sure it always stays above freezing. 
> Seems to
be better
> germ that way. 
After planting, try to keep seeds
> below 60oF,
> in the 40s at
night, no higher than 70 during the day.
> Maybe
others will comment - I
haven't checked the archives,
> but seems
> like
Vickie Craig  posted
something about germination
> temperatures for SDBs?
There's some
combination of warmth and drying conditions
> that stops?
> slows
germination in spring - used to think it was
> just warmth,
> but this
all the rain, or maybe the genetic mix (Oz
> & CA genes)
> kept things
sprouting later/warmer than usual.  Or
> maybe the maximum was
> lower.  Don't
> Some seeds germinate at refrig temps - 40oF?  Mary Lou
> has seeds
in the
> fridge germinating after 2 yrs there (I think)!
> <What
temperatures have you found to be good or bad?
> David>
> Not much good
information - hope that helps.
> Linda Mann
> TN
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