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Re: HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
  • Subject: Re: HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
  • From: Adam Cordes <adambo_iris@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:12:30 -0700 (PDT)

Linda, and Betty, too...

I know it probably sounded rude, and I didn't mean it that way.  :-}  I
thought that the pod, if accidentally snapped off the stalk only a few days
after pollination, would have somehow sent all the energy to one seed, rather
than have -- let's say a dozen -- of seeds that only get enough nutrients from
the pod to mature half-way.  I have had a pod that had several flat seeds
without a germ, and only one plump seed that was viable.

Yep, I'm really glad for the input, though!  I checked out my lil'
soakers-of-seeds in the bucket, and that cross just looks like it's all mush. 
Oh well.  I still have the parents, and I"m sure by the time bloom season
begins, I'll change my mind with what I want to cross Haunted Heart with again
... hehehe!    and, that's why I have 2,168 other seeds to work with... that
should keep me busy enough not to worry about one stinkin' cross! 



--- On Sun, 3/18/12, Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com> wrote:

From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: Beginners:Pods & seeds
To: iris@hort.net
Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 9:00 AM

Uh oh, that doesn't sound good, Adam.  They should have a hard core, even if
they are very small, esp after soaking.  Pinhead size sounds like aborted

On 3/17/2012 9:16 PM, Adam Cordes wrote:
> They were no bigger than a pinhead, white
> to tan in color, and blew around in the wind like chaff.

If I get time, I'll dig out the numbers, but best I can recall, there were a
dozen or so seeds, good germination.  No fewer than seeds on a lot of 'normal'
pods here in the iris vale of despair.

Wish I had taken a photo - best I can remember the stalk was only an inch or
two.  But the pod was green, so it was able to manufacture food for the
developing seeds, and no rot problems, which I think was the key.  Window sill
only gets a little morning sun, but is bright.  The most surprising thing to
me is that there was enough moisture in a pod that young to keep developing
seeds happy.  My earlier attempts to provide moisture to broken off pods
(potato etc) just resulted in rot, & I really didn't expect to get anything
from such a young pod, so just left it to its own resources.

> Linda, that's just unreal!  Was there any stalk to feed that pod?  How many
> germinated from it?  I would assume just one would have.

Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7b, where spring has morphed into summer, about 2
months early.  & we have had light frost as late as May here! ridiculous

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