Daylilies forum: Mailing Daylily Seeds

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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Aug 2, 2012 12:31 PM CST
I've got a bunch of seeds that I've decided not to plant, and my Dad wants them. They were from bee pods that I harvested last year. I've been starting some of the other seeds from last year from crosses I made myself, and they are all germinating well, so I'm not worried about them not being good. I just don't know when to send them. He's building a greenhouse that will be heated in the winter, but he probably won't get that finished for a few months. I've stored the seeds in the fridge. If I mail them to him, is it better to wait until he's ready to plant them, or can he store them in the fridge himself after they arrive at his house? I would love to get them out of my way, but if it's better to wait, I can do that. I've never mailed Daylily seeds before, so I'm not sure what to do! I'm really worried that he's going to call me in January and tell me to send them, and they may freeze at that time of the year!

Any advice is most welcome!
Natalie
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Hemlady
Aug 2, 2012 2:38 PM CST
I have mailed seeds out all winter, including to Canada, and have never had them freeze. I think you could send them now and your Father could keep them in his fridge with no problem.
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lilylady
Aug 2, 2012 3:25 PM CST
I think it better that the seeds, once having begun to stratify in your fridge, should stay that way until ready to be planted.

Just the moisture in the bag, and the warmth as being shipped might bring them into early sprout.

Keep them until he is ready to plant.
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tink3472
Aug 2, 2012 7:31 PM CST
I have mailed out in winter as well with no problems. If wanting to get them out of the way you should have no problem mailing now and he can store in fridge until ready.

If you are just dry storing them in the fridge they will be fine to ship. All of mine are in the fridge now and I have been shipping since June and will continue for the next few months.

Just put them in a padded bubble envelope and mail first class.
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Aug 2, 2012 10:35 PM CST
Thanks so much for the great info! The seeds are dry, and have been in the fridge for a year now with no loss at all. I haven't had any get soft, or get moldly, so I'm not worried about the moisture. I was more worried about them sitting in my Dad's mailbox for a while, when it's freezing. His mailbox is at the end of his dirt road, and they can't always get to it every day in the winter. And, knowing Dad, he'll get the greenhouse finished in January, and want something to plant! I think I'll go ahead and mail them now since he's really excited about getting them.
Natalie

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