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[PHOTO] Re: [iris-talk] Re: HYB: seedlings

  • Subject: [PHOTO] [iris-photos] Re: [iris-talk] Re: HYB: seedlings
  • From: "Mike Sutton" <suttons@lightspeed.net>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 07:37:54 -0800

Here is a picture of the seedlings in peat pots.  These pots don't swell too
much and are pretty tough.  When ready we hand plant them in rows.  The pots
separate pretty easily but hold their form.  There is a thin plastic tray
under a sheet so the pots are held together until they are taken apart in
the field.  We used to use a one gallon container with all the seeds from
one cross placed in it.  We noticed that during transplanting, even with the
use of vitamin B, there was a percentage of deaths.  That problem has been
completely eliminated with the peat pots.  Works good for us and we usually
line out  35,000+ seedlings a year.

----- Original Message -----

> Mike Sutton said:
> <We get those little dinky peat pots in sheets and after seeds have
> sprouted in the fridge they get planted.>
> I assume you're talking about those little squashed pots that <grow>
> when they get wet?
> How do you handle them to do the planting - by hand or have you got some
> kind of mechanical gadget to do it?  I would think a tractor drawn plant
> setter would work great with those things if it could be operated to get
> the wee babies planted at the precise depth.
> & how big are the seedlings when you line them out?
> Linda Mann

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