Daylilies forum: seed question?

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Name: Anna
Chicago (Zone 5a)
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lechat1
Sep 15, 2013 5:10 PM CST
Hallo everybody !
I have a question about seeds. I received a package of seeds from Lily auction and all of them appear soft to touch. I thought they should be hard. Do u think they are still viable ?
Anna
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Sep 15, 2013 6:26 PM CST
They should for sure be hard. Ive gotten soft seeds before, more so when they are bonus seeds. Alot of times the little shriveled seeds will sprout, but Ive never had a soft one do the same. Sometimes my pods at home, i get anxious and pick them a tad to early and they will be soft. Really makes me mad at myself.
Name: Jan
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philljm
Sep 18, 2013 5:43 AM CST
You could always try one in moist paper towel and see if it sprouts. But I would contact the seller and see what they say. ~Jan
Name: Ed Burton
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EdBurton
Sep 19, 2013 2:45 AM CST
If they are soft, most likely they are no good.
They shouldn't of been shipped, contact seller and let them know you want a refund or replacement
Ed Burton

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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 19, 2013 7:24 AM CST
I agree. Soft means they are on their way to rotting.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 20, 2013 1:08 PM CST
I took some seeds out of the fridge that had been there for 30 days and they were spongey. They were not like that when I put them in. They had been dried for 48 hours. I don't understand why they became spongey. Any one know the answer to that. They were not moldy at all.
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Name: Ed Burton
NE Wisconsin
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EdBurton
Sep 23, 2013 8:51 AM CST
I have noticed the same thing Hemlady, I figured the seeds were just bad even though the seemed firm when stored.
In the last few years I have added a piece of bleached printer paper with the seeds while storing them in the crisper, the paper will take on a pink/purple cast if any mold appears.
I check seeds every week or so.
The seeds get firm tested again when place in the auction bag, and one last time before I mail them out.
The two most important things for me as a seller, the seeds be true to the cross, and for the seeds to be of high quality.
Ed, auction ID "gramps"
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seed seller "gramps"
Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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gardenglory
Sep 23, 2013 8:58 AM CST
great idea about the paper with bleach.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 23, 2013 2:19 PM CST
I agree with you totally Ed. I throw out many seeds after they have dried just because they have shriveled to the point of not looking viable. I also do a pinch test too. I would not send out the spongy seeds. I don't think that they are probably any good.
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Name: Ed Burton
NE Wisconsin
Hybridizing, Lily Auction seed sell
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Seed Starter Pollen collector Peonies Hybridizer
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EdBurton
Sep 24, 2013 6:31 AM CST
Hem
Don't you hate having to throw out those small dried seeds. I do it here too.
I did a test one year and found that a bunch of them germinated even though I didn't think they would.
But I won't sell them anyway.

Gardenglory
I was told that the bleach in the paper would help kill mold, I don't know if that is true but I did find that the paper would turn color if some of the seeds in bag go bad
Ed Burton

seed seller "gramps"
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
Hybridizer Irises Butterflies Charter ATP Member Birds Cat Lover
Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Vegetable Grower Daylilies Hummingbirder Heucheras
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Hemlady
Sep 24, 2013 6:54 AM CST
Yes I hate throwing them out but you just don't know whether or not they are viable. Makes me mad that I start out with 20 seeds in a cross and end up with 15 after they have dried.
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