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Re: Seeds & Seedlings

Rick or anyone else out there,

Do any of you soak your seeds in water before you plant them?  I do for
three days changing the water often.  I have a 90 to 95% germination rate in
the first year.  I usually get them all up in a few monthes at the latest.
I grow mine in raised beds.  I've been hybizing for 8 years, since I was 21
and didn't know a thing about iris (wasn't in a club etc.) when I started.  

Barbara  Grad student and iris lover, Redding Cal.  

>Most people that I know including myself plant seeds in the fall.  I
>usually have mine planted now and try to do so by today (Thanksgiving).
>I plant my seeds in 1 gallon pots.  And I try not to plant more than 30
>or so in one pot.  This gives the seedlings plenty of room to grow nice
>long roots and if you can't get around to planting in the spring they
>still won't be too crowded in the summer.  You can plant directly into
>the ground but there is one problem with this.  Iris seed can germinate
>for up to 18 years.  Therefore if you plant seeds in the same place,
>seeds from prior years may germinate and your crosses can be
>Rick Tasco
>Central California -- Keeping the fingers crossed we won't get a frost
>Zone 8.5

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