Linda -- Yes. It
sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Sometimes the stalk rots, but not
usually. If the stalk doesn't rot, the pod will mature. The seed pod
needs to be drawing moisture, but I believe that the nutrients are already in
the stalk. Another trick I use is to stick the stalk in a raw
potato. To do this, I use a screwdriver or other tool of the same diameter
as the stalk to punch a hole in the potato so that it fits tight. I tend
to use this method when someone accidentally breaks a pod off and there is only
a short bit of stem left. A large potato provides a solid base for a
stem of a few inches in height and also provides nutrients, I believe.
This can also be resorted to if a stalk sitting in water rots. Cut it off
well above the affected area and stick it in a potato. If the rot hasn't
spread up, it will mature. -- -- Griff
--- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:51
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: Is this
weird, or what?
Are saying that the pod matured in a bottle of water! I had no
idea that it could do that. Did I understand you right?
Sorry for your balloon,
Linda. Some years there seem to be many more than others.
Actually, this pod had a very close call. Shortly after I took the
photo, I found extensive rot at the base of the stalk. I had to dig
the plant, cut the stalk and set it in a water-filled wine bottle.
Thank goodness, it matured just fine after several weeks. --
----- Original Message
From: Bruce & Linda/color>
Sunday, December 11, 2005 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT:
Is this weird, or what?
Good for you Griff! I had one that
looked just like that! I was so excited. When the pod started to
dry it wasn't opening at all. Finally after it was dry on the stalk
for weeks, I removed it and found that it was a balloon! Completely
barren. I just wanted to cry! Oh well....maybe next time!
Maybe some of you have seen
pods like this, but it was the first for me. The cross is SILVER
TRUMPETS x BRAVE NEW WORLD. I thought maybe something like Obe Wan
Kenobe was going to jump out full-blown. Yielded 39 seeds. I
haven't deliberately tried for space-agers before, but I think I'm gonna get
some here. --
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