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Sep 25, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member Irises
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, Retired Firefighter/EMT
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Sep 25, 2015 2:06 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hurray!
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Sep 25, 2015 3:05 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Can't wait to see the progress as they grow. Good job Cory!
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Sep 25, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Very interesting thread, Cory! I hope you have great luck with all of your seeds/seedlings.
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Sep 25, 2015 5:32 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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This will be fun to watch. I have some seeds too, but will start them probably after Thanks Giving.
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Sep 25, 2015 9:59 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
We still do our 'cold' outdoors. We feel that it is supposed to be fun so do less 'fuss'.
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Sep 27, 2015 1:47 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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Sep 28, 2015 6:25 AM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
I am doing an indoors bunch also. This will be fun! Smiling
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Sep 28, 2015 8:48 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
I would be interested in know how the outcome is from the both of you
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Oct 2, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member Irises
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, Retired Firefighter/EMT
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Dec 6, 2015 3:15 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member Irises
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, Retired Firefighter/EMT
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Dec 6, 2015 3:17 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thumbs up I'll bet you appreciate your helper !!
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Dec 6, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Dec 6, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That is going to be one heck of a lot of iris to play with! Thumbs up
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Dec 6, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Cat Lover Region: Kentucky Birds
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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Dec 7, 2015 3:33 AM CST
Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
Composter Region: Missouri Plays in the sandbox Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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?

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Dec 7, 2015 11:27 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
Charter ATP Member Irises
John I'm just using 4 foot t8 shop lights from our local hardware store. With the daytime color bulbs (6500k).
Cory, Retired Firefighter/EMT
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Dec 7, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
Looks great! Thumbs up
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Dec 7, 2015 6:32 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Dec 7, 2015 11:39 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!

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