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Re: Bloom & Sprouting

On Fri, 1 May 1998, Diana Louis wrote:

> On Fri, 1 May 1998, Marte Halleck wrote:
     <snip   > 
> > 
> > Arnold, I don't think I'm the "friend in Colo." that you got these
> > particular seeds from, tho I did send lots of I. missouriensis to folks
> > on the List last fall. I'm delighted you had success & wonder if anyone
> > has had luck getting those I sent to germinate???????
> Mine didn't but the soil is not warm enough yet to expect anything.

> > Question: did you soak your seeds before you put 'em in the pot that you
> > placed in your fridge? If so, how long? 
> > Marte in the mtns	Zone 4/Sunset 1 Colorado

> Anner whitehead raised the point that some iris seeds need light
> for germination in a previous discussion about germination in the
> Iris-L. This is true for I virginica var shrevei at least. I didn't
> know about this when I sewed both your seeds and the ones from
> SIGNA and I couldn't retrieve them from the soil inthe pots.  Will
> try again next year (If you would like to help with this.  TIA). 
> Next year I will try with the seeds on the soil surface, freezing
> and recycling (in and out of the fridge for 12 hours every day) for
> 2 months and then sit in front of the window until something
> happens. 
> Diana Louis <dlouis@dynamicro.on.ca> <- private email address
OK folks, I'd just like to add something to this discussion, I've
just been out in the garden and find there is a small iris leaf
attached to a little black seed which is in the position where i
put the I missouriensis seeds from Marte last year. The seed looks
a bit swollen. I stirred up the soil and then put water on it to
see if I could float another one to the surface. Will let you know
if another one germinates. 

Diana Louis <dlouis@dynamicro.on.ca> <- private email address
Zone 4/5 Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
AIS, CIS, SIGNA, IRIS-L, Canadian Wildflower Soc.

URL for the North American Native Irises web page

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