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Re: Re: CULT: HYB: Transplanting Seedlings

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: HYB: Transplanting Seedlings
  • From: "robert stewart" <crusher4@wnclink.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 16:14:31 -0400

Hi Chris,

How do you germinate seeds in the refrigerator.  You get them to actually sprout in the refrigerator.  Thanks for any information.  Sounds like a great way to start seeds.  What percentages are you getting.

                           ROB   Zone 7
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Christopher Darlington 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, September 03, 2001 4:04 PM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: HYB: Transplanting Seedlings


  Walter wrote:

  Have you noticed early germination means early bloom?  By that I mean 
  that the germination season is comparable to the bloom season: E, M, 
  and L.   Medians and aril-breds sprout first, followed by the TBs and 
  then the beardless.  The progression of the sprouting season is 
  indicative of the eventual bloom season -

  Walter,

  I germinated my seeds in the fridge and noticed that the SDB and MED
  germinated first followed by the Tall Bearded and finally the Siberians.
  I actually gave up on the siberians and left them in their paper towels
  on the hot window ledge in a plastic Montreal Expos beer cup and totally
  forgot about them.  Two weeks later I found germination in bone dry
  towels. I planted them out in the ditch before they died.  

  I also found that getting the TB seedlings out of pot and into the
  ground as early as possible helps them put on serious growth faster.  I
  planted my seedlings out in mid July and feel this was way too late for
  this climate.  Next year the seedlings will be transplanted in late
  April , early June if I start my fridge germination about two months
  earlier.  My seedlings are getting there slowly but I don`t expect a
  high percentage of bloom next spring.

  Christopher Darlington
  Lafontaine Quebec 4b
  > 
  > On 2 Sep 01, at 11:51, Randy Squires wrote:
  > 
  > I've always started my seeds in November
  > > after Bernard Hamner said he started around Thanksgiving, but now
  > > I know someone that starts in October to get a jump on growth.
  > > Then last week Steve Rocha said he started in spring with green
  > > seeds and already has germination.
  > 
  >    I have planted green seeds and have never had germination.  I think the seeds
  > rotted in the pots in my humid climate.
  > 
  >    Planting seeds too early can be a problem in some areas, namely where it freezes.
  > 
  > .  Once I planted seeds in September and had a few to germinate and were immediately killed by
  > the first freeze.  If I plant in November or December, I do not have to worry about
  > early germination.  Such seeds don't germinate until late February or
  > early March (when it has warmed up here) and continue germinating
  > right on through the bloom season.  Occasionally, when there is a
  > threat of a late freeze, I have to cover up the pots with old
  > blankets.
  > 
  > Have you noticed early germination means early bloom?  By that I mean
  > that the germination season is comparable to the bloom season: E, M,
  > and L.   Medians and aril-breds sprout first, followed by the TBs and
  > then the beardless.  The progression of the sprouting season is
  > indicative of the eventual bloom season - at least in my garden.
  > Now, if you intercede, for example, in the case of Louisianas by
  > removing the cork surrounding the seed and planting 'green' seeds,
  > you may change the order of things.  I did that once and had to keep
  > the seedlings indoors all winter.  I don't have a greenhouse so
  > having seedling pots in the windows was a minor inconvenience.
  > 
  > Walter Moores
  > Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8
  > 
  > 
  > 
  > 
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