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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 5, 2016 7:07 AM CST
I start my dls seeds in pots and then transfer them to the garden. I wish I had a GH so I could get an earlier start on them. I use Promix but there is also Seed starting mediums. Good luck.

It isn't hard and so fun. Like on Forest Gump you never know what you are going to get Rolling my eyes.
Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Aug 5, 2016 7:48 AM CST
and so addicting Whistling

I have some seedlings from crosses last year that have yet to bloom. They are still in pots which could be part of my problem. This year I am starting indoors and will transfer them to a dedicated Seedling bed.
I have collected my own seeds and purchased some of Fred's seeds on the LA. Shhhhh, do tell the DW but I am bidding on a couple more sets of Judy's...

Stan
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Name: Ashton & Terry
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kidfishing
Aug 5, 2016 8:41 AM CST
We have been growing from seed since 2009 - so about 8 years. We have always grown large numbers, starting with about 400 seeds and now it is thousands. We have tried everything we can think of. Nothing works all the time so we are continually using different methods.

I have found near 40 seeds in some diploid pods. This year we are finding some tet crosses with 15+ seeds which is high seed counts for tets.

Another thing different for this seed harvest year is so many seeds that are sprouted in the pods. We have had a few in past years, but this year we are going directly to pots right out of the pod and currently have lots of plants growing with in a few days of harvesting the pods. You cannot dry sprouted seeds so it would be either fridge in moist mix or plant them.

No greenhouse here and not really sure it is necessary to grow seedlings. It would be a nice addition to hybridize in a more temperature controlled environment. We are not in a climate that is always temperature friendly for seed setting. We get lots of early season tets but it quickly gets hot when we are at peak bloom. I can get diploid seeds almost anytime and even find they are more difficult when it is too cool than when it is hot. Tets however, are difficult in the heat.

(Teresa - Funny - I am working with a guy from your area of the country (south of Louisville) and he said he thinks he is going to die here before he gets back to Kentucky because of the heat. He said he had no idea that this place could be so unbearable, and that is after he gets off work and it is starting to cool a little.) Hilarious! (this summer is really not bad in comparison.)

We have found that if we can get the seedlings in the ground, we have a high survival rate. Last year our seedlings planted in the gardens are still surviving at 90+%. The seedlings left growing in pots and cups survived at about 70%. (all growing outside.)
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 5, 2016 7:37 PM CST
We have the high humidity here in KY but I was glad to get home from the West. We saw 115 on the car dash in Nevada! We passed thru OK coming home Rolling my eyes. It is was so parched on the West Coast, Big Sur was closed for wildfires. We are having these record rainfall here. Strange year.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Aug 6, 2016 5:39 AM CST
It sure is a strange year. Michigan is surrounded by water and you would think that would develop some storms and rain but not so this year.
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Gleni
Aug 6, 2016 5:04 PM CST
I wish people wouldn't say "plump seeds". I get this great desire to eat them.
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Aug 6, 2016 6:48 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Well, not all seeds are big & plump. Some are shriveled and smaller. Big, plump seeds is NOT true for all viable seeds.
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Oct 16, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Question

It's mid October and most of my Stella pods are still green! I want to harvest them, but I'm afraid we'll get a hard frost before they mature and open up! It's been a long and mild Fall again this year. I didn't harvest any last year, even though Fall was mild then, too. Can I clip the scapes and dry the pods indoors? Confused
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Oct 16, 2017 2:42 PM CST
I have ripened seed pods indoors in water before, but it has been when I have been clumsy in the garden and accidently broken them off.

I have four pods left in the garden and they are not doing a thing. It is too cold I think, especially at night. I think I might cut them and bring them in and put them in water, and see if they ripen that way. They are just sitting there day after day, week after week Hilarious!

I have even ripened them in water with only a tiny bit of scape left on the pod, but if I go out and cut these, I will cut about 10" of scape (stem) and put them in a vase with water on the south windowsill.
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Oct 16, 2017 3:24 PM CST
My last pods pollinated did nothing, just got too cold before they ripened I'm afraid. Sad
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Oct 16, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Oh, interesting, Valerie! Thank You!
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Dana
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
Oct 16, 2017 4:27 PM CST
@Nikki Group hug
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Dana

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