Irises forum: First try at growing from seeds

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jun 2, 2015 2:17 PM CST
I received some seeds from a DG friend. Caesar's Brother. I planted them in flats around mid-March. Nothing happened but I put them outside around the end of April. Just three days ago I saw tiny little shoots coming up. I am so excited. They are so tiny and fragile though. How long before I replant them in individual pots. I don't want to lose them.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 2, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Hurray! I would let them get about 9 to 10 inches tall before doing anything with them. Just super saturate the pots when it's time to transplant them, and the roots will come apart easily for transplanting. I usually put them in the ground at this point.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Jun 2, 2015 8:04 PM CST
Thanks Tom. And by the way, I really like your quote. Thank You!
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jun 3, 2015 3:26 AM CST
I planted mine in January I think, and although most of them came up about a month or so after planted, I still had a new one come up just last week. I hear that some can take as long as 3 years to germinate.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Jun 3, 2015 9:39 AM CST
That's what I heard too or I would have just dumped them. I planted poppies in six paks but almost none germinated. And I had put them out in the cold. In late April (Easter) while we were hiding plastic eggs up and down the cul de sac for the kids to find (a neighborhood fun time) we scattered poppy seeds around my friends mail box and I saw them coming up yesterday. I guess I will just scatter the dirt from my six paks in the garden and hope some germinate next spring.

I am a little concerned about the iris as I planted them in fairly shallow salad containers (like from the grocery store). Not sure how they will fair in there until they are 9-10 inches tall. But a good idea about super saturating them to make separating the roots easier.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)

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