Irises forum: japanese iris plants

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Jgemp
Jul 2, 2017 9:53 PM CST
What do you do to cultivate seed pods from Japanese iris plants?
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Jul 3, 2017 12:26 AM CST
Plant them in moist soil in autumn and let winter get over it
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 3, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Welcome! to the irises forum Jgemp and Arico,
Unfortunately I don't grow Japanese Irises and I don't know much about them.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 3, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Actually there is more to it than just planting. I suggest you Google "growing Japanese iris from seed.". I had seeds from a couple of bee pods last year. I soaked them in tea as directed, then refrigerated them for about six weeks. I then planted the seeds in little seedling pots. Several sprouted and were transferred to slightly larger seedling trays. After it got warm I put them outside to harden off. Since it is very hot here in the summer I put them where they will get lots of shade. Important to keep the soil moist!

Several have grown really well so I will transfer them to larger pots. That way I can keep them well watered and bring them inside if it gets too cold this winter. I haven't decided yet if I will plant them in the ground next year or continue to grow them in larger pots. JI's are grown both ways.

Important to remember - they like to be kept watered. Since they like so much water they are also heavy feeders, so give them some 10-10-10 three or four times a year.
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