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Re: HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
  • Subject: Re: HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
  • From: Adam Cordes <adambo_iris@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:13:58 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Betty, and all,

I've been reading this thread with vigor, and am eagerly anticipating my own
"bad pod!"

I was happy to have 'Haunted Heart' bloom for me last year as a first year
transplant.  I used pollen from a local hybridizer's robust unknown space-age
iris, and got a pod. Yippee!  But exactly 21 days later, it snapped off and I
saw it laying on the ground.  Did the right thing, Betty -- I brought it in
and kept it on a shelf, even upside-down, to let it mature. 

I highly doubt the seeds are viable!  I saved 'em anyway, and right now
they're in their heavenly soak-bath awaiting vernalization in the 'fridge next
week.  I should take a photo of the poor things, next to some 'normal' seeds,
and cross post it to iris-photos.  They were no bigger than a pinhead, white
to tan in color, and blew around in the wind like chaff.  I didn't even do a
count to see how many I could consider came out of the pod!

Like I said, though.  I'm hopeful!  Maybe if the pod was still connected to
the stalk, it would have matured the seed better with the juices from the
stalk being able to feed the pod. 

Happily, I do have a pod from the SA seedling... a reverse of the HH X



--- On Sat, 2/25/12, Betty Wilkerson <autmirislvr@aol.com> wrote:

From: Betty Wilkerson <autmirislvr@aol.com>
Subject: [iris] HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
To: iris@hort.net
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7:37 AM

Never throw pods away because you think they've not had time to mature. Seed
have sprouted here from pods that were only three weeks old when the stalks
collapsed. In one case the seed were still white and very crinkled. Only six
sprouted out of the hundred seed, but I've enjoyed the baby ribbon pink
seedlings that resulted. Another pod had more mature looking seed and all
germinated. Linda has had even earlier success.

Allow the pod to mature in a protected situation-window sill etc. If the pod
rots just clean the seed and dry them. They will be okay.

Betty Wilkerson
Zone 6 KY

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 11:12 am
Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: Pods & seeds (was Disbudding for increased fertility

I haven't taken notes to see if it's really true here, just seems that
way. But if you've seen the same, maybe not my imagination! They seem
more prone to rot during stratification.

Yep, love those crinkly coated reddish brown football shaped ones.

I didn't think it's the genes tho. Again, not sure, but I <think> when
I've had multiple pods from the same cross, some were lumpy seeded,
others 'normal'. I've attributed the differences to stressed plants
during pod development. Heat, drought, crowding, lack of optimal
nutrition. I see way too many of the lumpy kind here.

On 2/24/2012 10:45 AM, Paul Archer wrote:
> Oh, yes. I agree completely. The fat ones don't germinate as well as
oval and tapered/pointy ones.

Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7b

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