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RE: [iris] Cult: Seed Planting Question

I. setosa is the only iris native to Alaska. It is a beardless type, somewhat similar in appearance to Siberian irises, except the standards are much reduced in size, almost vestigial. I raised some from SIGNA seed when I lived in Utah - treated it the same as Siberian seed - I am sure it appreciated the chilling it got over the winter before germinating by planting in pots buried to the rim in the ground outside.

Juno irises are bulbous, not rhizomatous, plants from Central Asia. They somewhat resemble Dutch irises and are usually sold by specialized bulb suppliers.

Jeff Walters
in upstate South Carolina
(USDA Zone 7b)

--- On Mon, 10/20/08, Francelle <fjmjedwards@qwest.net> wrote:

> From: Francelle <fjmjedwards@qwest.net>
> Subject: RE: [iris] Cult: Seed Planting Question
> To: iris@hort.net
> Date: Monday, October 20, 2008, 1:41 AM
> Since they are from Alaska, they must be the Juno irises.  I
> think that is
> what they are called.  Our TBs wouldn't grow up there. 
> I wouldn't have any
> idea how to prepare them, plant them or take care of them
> when they grow.
> Francelle Edwards  Glendale, AZ  Zone 9
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Linda
> Smith
> Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:50 AM
> To: iris@hort.net
> Subject: [iris] Cult: Seed Planting Question
>  Anyone,
> I have a lady here in my VAIS group in AZ that has received
> seeds from
> someone in Alaska,
> She wants to know how to plant them.
> I don't know a lot about growing iris from seeds.
>  In our case, since we don't have really cold winters,
> I've told her they
> need to go in refrigerator crisper until Jan.
> What does anyone suggest we should do here in central N.
> AZ. ?
> And I've also heard that you can't store them next
> to fruit. Any thoughts on
> that?
> And should they be in a sealed bag or airtight box, or
> should they get air
> circulation??
> Linda in -N. Central AZ
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