Irises forum→Starting iris seed

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Bryan, TX
Jul 22, 2020 11:05 AM CST
My irises that do the best here make lilac colored blooms. This year I have two seed pods, probably self pollinated. Do they need chill time before planting? How should I plant them?
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Jul 25, 2020 5:15 PM CST
Welcome! Bryan

There are varying methods that people use to plant and germinate their seeds. This a past thread about it.
The thread "Starting Iris seeds...." in Irises forum

I just let my seeds dry out for a couple of days after I collect them and then plant them directly into potting mix. In winter, the seedlings start to emerge. I am a novice at this and I haven't tried the soaking and chilling methods that others use. I have had good results depending on the potting mix used. Some of my friends have mentioned that they get a greater proportion of seeds germinating when they use potting mix rather than seed raising mix.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Jul 25, 2020 6:08 PM CST
WAMcCormick ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

I guess it depends on where you live. If you don't get a winter chill, it probably will help if you soak and refrigerate them. Some who have a long winter chill, just leave them out planted or in pots to break dormancy naturally.
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Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Jul 25, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Welcome! WAMcCormick to the iris forum!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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Jul 25, 2020 10:14 PM CST
Another Welcome! WAMcCormick to the iris forum.

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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Jul 26, 2020 11:21 AM CST
Welcome, WAMcCormick!
Bryan, TX
Jul 26, 2020 7:38 PM CST
Thanks for the big welcome and information on starting iris seeds.
If it takes a long time to grow, remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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Aug 2, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Welcome! WAMcCormick!
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