Irises forum: Bee Pod Seeds from 2011

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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
Jun 30, 2013 11:26 AM CST
I still have a package of bee pod seeds I have saved since 2011. I never really knew what to do with them so they are still in the envelope I stuck them in after they dried. Do you think there is any chance they will grow? How should I go about planting them? I want to put them in a pot, not in the ground. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I would be kinda fun to see what happens.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 30, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Sure,! You have nothing to lose by trying! There's a thread here, or on Cubits, about hybridizing, and planting seeds. You have to soak them first....Arlyn
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 30, 2013 2:24 PM CST
You will find fertile seeds. Potting mix might be a good choice for soil.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jun 30, 2013 2:45 PM CST
Lori...there are many methods.....In October If I had the seeds I would soak them for several days in luke warm water, rinsing often. I would then put them in a damp paper towel and in turn put that in a sealable plastic bag. Then into the vegetable keeper of the refrigerator for 2-3 months Some time after the first of the year pot them up with some good seedling potting mix and water well, You may be surprised when you open the packet to find them germinating. Put the whole works in a plastic bag or cover with saran and put in a warm place. Watch for the little green leaves to appear and then move to a sunny window or under good light. Keep them growing with mild fertilization until the weather is appropriate to line them out. About the time you would plant tomatoes in your area. You could also harden them off a little before planting out by setting the pot outside for a few days if weather allows. Bring in if it gets cold. After you have planted them out continue to take care of them. You may see bloom the next season
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 30, 2013 6:54 PM CST
irises do need cold to germinate.

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