Irises forum: Seed disaster

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Polymerous
Jul 15, 2017 10:08 PM CST
ARRRGGGH...

I was cleaning off a table (or part of it), and decided to put the iris seeds that I have collected thus far, all into one bag.

Each cross was already in its small ziploc bag.. I was going to put them all into one bigger one.

At least half of the bags had FUNGUS of some kind (white mildew, SOMETHING) all over the seeds!

ACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK!

Not knowing what else to do, I dumped each bag into a little plastic food container, rinsed the seeds, and then set them to soak for a bit in an H2O2 solution (I had some previously diluted in a spray bottle, not sure if it was still good, will maybe have to re-do tomorrow with fresh H2O2).

I don't mind losing the 'Ida Red' cross so much (that was the worst looking of the bunch), but the others?

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH! Crying

This RARELY happens to me with daylily seeds! I have 3-4 ziploc bags of daylily seeds already, and no problem there!

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGH!

Any suggestions?

NO, I CAN'T start the seeds now! Nononononono.
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Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Jul 15, 2017 11:13 PM CST
I had that happen the first year. I think I did not let them dry long enough. Now I always store the seeds in paper bags so they can breathe. Anyway, I rinsed them and let them dry and they were fine. I had a pretty good germination the following spring.

Hopefully yours will be ok too! Thumbs up
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jul 15, 2017 11:53 PM CST
Thanks for that reassurance! Thank You!

I think I have some coin envelopes around here somewhere...
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 16, 2017 3:28 AM CST
Crossing Fingers! I hope they come good Polymerous
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jul 16, 2017 5:43 AM CST
I use paper bags or envelopes for my seeds, never plastic. I'm sure the seeds will be fine if they get to dry out after the treatment. Full sun or a sprinkle of cinnamon are usually effective precautions against fungi.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Jul 16, 2017 2:22 PM CST
Cinnamon? I learned something new. Lilli!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Polymerous
Jul 16, 2017 4:12 PM CST
I've always used ziplock bags for the daylily seeds, and have rarely had problems. Glare

I'll have to let these dry out for a few more days (what I really should do is soak them in a solution made with fresh H2O2, but I'm too beat to do that today).

I'll let the last 2 pods dry for several days...
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Rebekah
Jul 17, 2017 12:23 AM CST
That's actually a problem I've had with rose seeds but I just rinse themand put them in a new containor or change the media they're kept in. I know it's not exactly the same but some hybridizer even claim it can help with germination breaking down the outer shell....doesn't stop me from removing the mildew/fungus whatever it is....

Good luck with your seeds
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