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Re: Stratifying Iris Seeds

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Stratifying Iris Seeds
  • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 10:55:51 +0000
  • References: <v01510102b1adf93989e3@[]> <3588323D.4CB2@ix.netcom.com> <35889B77.1C74@sierratel.com> <>

Paul & Yvonne Tyerman wrote:
> Howdy All!!
>         I've been speaking to Jan Clark here in Australia about stratifying iris
> seeds for germination in Winter.  (Thanks for all your advice Jan, by the
> way!!).  Jan has told me that as far as she knows they only need as little
> as 3 weeks in the fridge to break the dormancy.  Does this gel with
> everyone else's understanding.  I'm a little paranoid about taking them out
> too early as they are all SA cross seedlings sent over to me by I-lister
> Sterling Okase (Not Innerst) and I REALLY want them to grow.  I'm quite
> getting to like SAers.
>         So.... what are people's ideas on stratification?  What I've done with the
> seeds is I've either nicked through the seed coat or soaked the seeds for a
> few days, then I've stored them in the fridge either in loose damp paper
> towels (I'm simulating a potting media without actually getting much in the
> way of space taken up in the Fridge) or rather than the paper towels I've
> sprinkled them carefully over a container of seed raising mix and sealed
> them and put them in the fridge.
>         The longest have now been in there for coming up to 3 weeks and I want to
> find out how long I should wait.  I want to make Sterling a
> long-distance-dad as soon as possible. (Plus I want to give them as early a
> start as possible!!)
> Thanks in anticipation......
> Paul Tyerman (Australia..... i.e Winter...-5'C last night.  Coldest so far
> this winter.  Alright I know that is pretty lame by many of your standards,
> but It's getting pretty chilly for us!!!!!)

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