Re: Seeds & Seedlings
On Sat, 23 Nov 1996 Z88KEYS@aol.com wrote:
> Donald. Usually one waits until the pod starts to open , before harvesting.
> At this time of year, you may have to harvest earlier, and keep from
> freezing. Then wait for the pod to split before harvesting. Severe freezing
> would obviously halt the development of the seeds. Lloyd Z. Durham NC Zone
When I harvesting seeds from our native I. versicolor this Sept., I
decided to take the stalks with pods and bring them home to sit in
a jar of water until brown and dry.....the pods never opened now I
did it myself and the seeds were ready. They are resting now in
an envelope waiting for planting.
I have come to a conclusion about native seed collecting...do it
when you see a pod. These three I. versicolors plants were up-rooted
by the state (town?) in their zeal to widen a little dirt road in
the forest. All vegetation that grew along the road is destroyed
and I mourn not only my wonderful iris but other native flowers
plus some small conifers.
At least these particular Northern native iris will live again
up here - I've joined with a group to identify and try to save our
native flower species not just iris. Our first meeting is Dec. 10th
in Lebanon, New Hampshire....in case any lurkers from New England
would be interested, e-mail me privately. Thank you.
Cheers on a 10 degree F. day,
Lancaster, New Hampshire, USA
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