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Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
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irisfirefighter
Sep 25, 2015 1:58 PM CST
I'm starting my first ever indoor (anything) seedling project this winter. I've got 14 crosses that I going to try and grow indoors under lights. This will be win or FAIL!!
My goal is to raise my seedlings indoors, and to have large seedlings to plant out in the spring. Increase my germination rate to 50-75%. Outdoors I'm only getting maybe a 30% total rate. This will be a on going update over the next few months. I'm doing the soak in water for 5-7 days then in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks. Then into pots under lights.


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Pantyhose pockets

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Need seeds

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Need cups with water and seeds. ( No I'm not playing beer pong)

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seeds in the cups of water

I will post pics of my $20 light bench later.

And here is a list of the crosses in this project-

11-15 Say Red X sdlg 40-12-1
12-15 Clash X Decadence
17-15 My Fantasy X Decadence
26-15 Say Red X Viking Dancer
31-15 Magical Encounter X Decadence
34-15 This an That X unknown ( I do know it's an IB daddy, not sure which one it was)
36-15 Chasing Rainbows X Roaring 20's
38-15 Raspberry Silk X Decadence
40-15 sdlg 39-12-1 X Decadence
41-15 Decadence X Revision
47-15 Great Balls of Fire X Raspberry Silk
48-15 Raspberry silk X Cat Call
50-15 Broken Heart X Decadence
52-15 winterberry X Decadence

Thanks for tuning in! I tip my hat to you. Hurray!
Cory, Firefighter/EMT
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 25, 2015 2:06 PM CST
Hurray!
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Sep 25, 2015 3:05 PM CST
Can't wait to see the progress as they grow. Good job Cory!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Sep 25, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Very interesting thread, Cory! I hope you have great luck with all of your seeds/seedlings.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 25, 2015 5:32 PM CST
This will be fun to watch. I have some seeds too, but will start them probably after Thanks Giving.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 25, 2015 9:59 PM CST
We still do our 'cold' outdoors. We feel that it is supposed to be fun so do less 'fuss'.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 27, 2015 1:47 PM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Sep 28, 2015 6:25 AM CST
I am doing an indoors bunch also. This will be fun! Smiling
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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Sep 28, 2015 8:48 AM CST
I would be interested in know how the outcome is from the both of you
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member
irisfirefighter
Oct 2, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Here is my light bench. Bench is made from stuff I had laying around. Had to get the 4 4' T8 shop lights. I'm running 6500k (daytime) bulbs.

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The top shelf is for my iris seedlings, bottom is for hydroponic set up. Never tried this also.

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Seeds soaked for 5 days. Now in wet paper towels and into foil packets. Put in refrigerator on 9/30/15. Will check seeds in 4 weeks.
Cory, Firefighter/EMT
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member
irisfirefighter
Dec 6, 2015 3:15 PM CST
Just and quick update. Seeds where in the refrigerator for 5 weeks. Only one or two had any signs of roots starting. Reed and I planted them into pots on Nov. 7 . Then they went inside under the lights.

Potted up
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My helper
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under the lights
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This was about 2 weeks ago. Starting to sprout
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Just a pic of my other project
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Has of today 12/6/15 I had 75 of appox. 300 sprouted.

Cory, Firefighter/EMT
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Dec 6, 2015 3:17 PM CST
Thumbs up I'll bet you appreciate your helper !!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 6, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 6, 2015 4:23 PM CST
That is going to be one heck of a lot of iris to play with! Thumbs up
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Dec 6, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Your helper is a cutie-patootie!!!

You have a very neat and organized project going on there Cory. I'm impressed!!
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Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
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yadah_tyger
Dec 7, 2015 3:33 AM CST
Looks great. I decided to also give growing from seed and ordered 24 seeds from someone I bought iris from on eBay (yea, I know. eBay). Once the soaking is done I was thinking of wetting the paper towels in a mild solution of MKP and putting them in the fridge till late winter.

Are you using Gro-Lux lights?

Blessings
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Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member
irisfirefighter
Dec 7, 2015 11:27 AM CST
John I'm just using 4 foot t8 shop lights from our local hardware store. With the daytime color bulbs (6500k).
Cory, Firefighter/EMT
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Dec 7, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Looks great! Thumbs up
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UndertheSun
Dec 7, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Looking at the list of crosses, you are bound to have some beauties in there! Great looking grow room! Thumbs up

Over here in Cali., Craigslist is currently full of grow lights and hydroponic equipment.
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Dec 7, 2015 11:39 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing nodding
Gimme it and I'll grow it!

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