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Re: Re: HYB seed pods

  • Subject: Re: Re: HYB seed pods
  • From: "loic tasquier" <tasquierloic@cs.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 08:06:12 +0200

Hi John
Yes i did, and it worked, but it's not California here, and my problem  was the lack of room inside!
They had to get protected from the frost here, and it became a nightmare, the living space had become a haven for endangered irises, and we had become guests in our own house!
I've promised never to do it again!
It was the first year and i was so eager to have seedlings, but now, there were  enough surprises waiting for me in the spring ( 1000!, and 2500 next year!!! ) , i just follow Father Nature's rhythm.
I only use the fridge for bear and white wine, and let the seeds spend the winter freezing their skins off in they little pots!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:54 AM
Subject: Re: {Disarmed} Re: [iris-photos] HYB seed pods

There is some thought that if you don't let the seeds dry. the germination inhibitor does not become active. Have you ever tried planting green seeds?

On Jul 13, 2007, at 1:32 PM, loic tasquier wrote:

Hi Vicki
Most of them   just get paler, a bit dryer, and i don't want to risk loosing them by letting split open without my noticing, so i cut them and bring them inside where they finish ripening in the dry.
We've also had so much rain these last two weeks that some started to get dark spots of rot.
In fact some have to be put in the dry because they could rot, some others might open and loose most of their seeds, it's not only one reason why i take some inside.
Some are also in pots with a bit of water because the stem rot at the base before the pod was ripe!
So half are now inside, and half are still ripening outside.
When the seeds are finally dry, i put them in paper envelopes and keep them in a dry place till November. Then, i plant them outside in pots, and they germinate in March April May.
Last year i had more 500, so there is no way i could put them in the fridge...anyway, our winters can be very cold, and it's enough to triger germination.
The only thing i do is water them everyday in march if the weather is too dry, because they really need to be washed of their inhibitors.
 From: Vicki
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB seed pods

Do you harvest your seed pods before they begin to split at the top?

loic tasquier wrote:

here are some of the pod just cropped.
160 have already been harvested (the SDB X SDB crosses) and the seeds are waiting in envelopes for November to be planted
Much more are still ripening in the garden.
I love this time of year, when one can stop running all over the place and  find time to dream about these crosses that finally made it, secure and dry, ready.


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