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I plant each cross in a gallon pot. If I have over 50 seeds I use two pots. One year I watered them quite often and most of the seeds rotted. Now I just make sure they do not dry out completely. Last year I don't think I watered at all as we had plenty of rain or snow.

When the seedlings get about 1" to 2" tall I transplant to 4" pots. I have lost very few seedlings this way. One seed to a pot and 100 pots with 50% germination would give you 50 empty pots. That is a lot of wasted work and potting soil. I don't like to reuse potting soil. I seems to lose a lot in one year and there could be a unidentified seed left in it.

This year I noticed some seeds from different crosses were larger than others. Some were different colors. Referring to TB crosses. SDBs were different colors and shaped.

Some have said they plant the cross in one pot and only save the strongest seedlings. My seeds do not all germinate at the same time. Of course the first ones will appear to be stronger than the ones two weeks later. I would not use that plan. The weak seedlings show up in the 4" pots, at least most do. Using the 4" pots I get lots of seed year increase and bloom the next year. Fall bloom on SDBs with REB parents.

Mike Greenfield
Zone 5b
SW Ohio
Region 6
----- Original Message ----- From: "Patrick Orr" <irisdude@msn.com>
To: "iris" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2004 11:07 AM
Subject: [iris] HYB:SEEDS

It is time to start planting the seeds here now that the weather has dipped
down into the lower 40's at night. I plant my seeds in pots and let them stay
outside all winter and water them every other day or so.

This year, I am planting one seed per pot.  I got a bunch of tall and thin
pots from a friend and they are filthy.  I am having to scrub each one.
Yesterday I scrubbed 160 of them before it just got too cold outside to be
playing in water.

When considering how many pots I am going to need, it makes me wonder if the
crosses I made are really worth all the work. I sat down and really analyzed
my crosses and set aside half of them, which STILL left me with too many
seeds! Ugh!

I know a lot of you end up in the same situation and was wondering what do you
do? Do you plant a few of each variety or do you concentrate planting the
seeds you have a lot of? Or do you plant the crosses you only have a few
seeds from? Do any of you go through the seeds and pick out the biggest ones
and only plant them? Do you plant some and hold the rest until you can see
the results from that cross before doing anything with the rest of the seeds?

I know a few of you would recommend planting a bunch together in one gallon
pots, or planting all the seeds I have, regardless. This year at least, I am
not going to be doing either of those scenarios for a variety of reasons.

Patrick Orr

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