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Re: Re:HYB: germination data-terms

  • Subject: Re: Re:HYB: germination data-terms
  • From: Anita Moran <avmoran1@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 06:47:29 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

I lived in the San Joaquin Valley just south of Porterville, and I can guarantee that there are enough cold days in the winter to stratify the seeds especially if they are left out of the ground but that is chancy since there is a broad range of temperatures even in the summer.  San Jose not to familiar with but would expect even cooler temps since it is closer to the coast but perhaps not freezing temps.  Perhaps Iris seeds require fewer chilled days depending on their size.  We had a warm winter once here in Maryland with very few really cold temp days.  That spring I had about the same germination Except for the most part the SDB seedlings produced.  I had several SDB pots that produced no seedlings and I left them in the ground.  The following year after a normal winter theseSDB pots were near bursting with seedlings.

-----Original Message-----
>From: John Bruce <jbruce1@cinci.rr.com>
>Sent: Jun 25, 2009 1:25 AM
>To: iris@hort.net
>Subject: [iris] Re:HYB: germination data-terms
>Okay, I have continued to follow this thread. I do not mean at all to be 
>Where did the idea that iris seeds need chilling to germinate originate?  I 
>know that some seeds require chilling, others
>require sowing on top of the ground, others (as in the case of some prairie 
>grasses) seem to germinate after a fire.
>As I said in an earlier post, the last few years have yielded the same 
>germination rates with little or no chill as the seeds
>I had planted in early winter. And in this case I speak of viable plants...a 
>seed producing a root and dying before leaves
>emerge is of no value to a hybridizer. An interesting statistic perhaps. The 
>seeds here may have gotten a weeks' worth of
>chilling, but certainly not the amount that the "conventional wisdom" says 
>is necessary. As far as chilling goes, anyone familiar
>with wesst coast weather would have to doubt that chilling is 
>necessary....Ghio is near San Jose, Suttons are in Porterville,
>and there are several other well known iris breeders who live in frost free 
>Yes, there are those who live in microclimates who may need to burrito treat 
>seeds. However I am guessing these are the
>exception rather than the rule. But I have watched the discussions of these 
>intensive methods to get seedlings for those in
>climate challenged areas grow into a method that many newcomers (and 
>remember the lurkers probably outnumber posters
>at least 100 to 1) think is an absolute necessity regardless of climate. I 
>fear that many may never try to grow irises from seeds
>because they simply do not want to go through all the fuss. So from time to 
>time I do like to interject the concept that it is not
>necessary for the lion's share of climates and newbie hybridizers.
>John Bruce
>zone 5b, SW Ohio 
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Anita Moran
Pilmore Gardens

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