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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 3, 2018 6:23 PM CST
Serjio said:here's a list of the crosses that gave the seeds.Since I tried this first year, my crosses were not thoughtful Big Grin

Fancy Dress X Milk In My Coffee
Enchanter X Milk In My Coffee
Stage Presense X Mysterioso
Astrology X Mysterioso
Splashacata X Butterfly Affair
Trand Master X Butterfly Affair
Smart Money X Sherbet Bomb
But Beautiful X Westpointer
Golly Gee Whiz X Westpointer
Smart Money X Twilight Rhapsody
Tango Amigo X Twilight Rhapsody
Secret Recipe X Twilight Rhapsody
Mandrake X Twilight Rhapsody
Westpointer X Twilight Rhapsody
Stop The Traffic X Twilight Rhapsody
Westpointer X Mysterioso
Chardonnay And Ice X Mysterioso
Burst X Secret Recipe
Team Player X Twilight Rhapsody
Chardonnay And Ice X Twilight Rhapsody
Alive And Well X Twilight Rhapsody
Monsoon Moon X Mood Ring
Luscious Lace X Mood Ring
One Of A Kind X Mood Ring
New Perspective X Westpointer
Cheap Frills X Butterfly Affair
Chardonnay And Ice X Butterfly Affair
Stop Flirting X Twilight Rhapsody
Monsoon Moon X Bush Honey
By Jeewes X Twilight Rhapsody
Aggressively Forward X One Of A Kind
High Octane X Rainbow High
Rio X Giorgio
Team Spirit X Magical
Glamour Pants X Twilight Rhapsody
Drama Queen X Twilight Rhapsody
Westpointer X Magical
Drifting Bubbles X Mixed Signals
Return Address X Palace Symphony
Rio X Palace Symphony
Siroccomist X Mixed Signals
Brilliant Idea X Mixed Signals
Racing At Randwick X Mixed Signals
Scatterbrain X Mixed Signals
Stop Flirting X Bratislavan Prince
Fall Fashion X Mood Ring
Study In Black X Twilight Rhapsody
Just Crazy X Mood Ring
Futuriste X Bratislavan Prince
One Last Kiss X Bush Honey
Tempesto X Mood Ring
Alpinview X Mood Ring
Wild Angel X Bratislavan Prince
Spring Madness X Wild Angel
Wild Angel X Flutterina
Flutterina X Certain Magic
Viking Dancer X Mandarin Morning
Holiday Spirit X Cross My Heart
Montmartre X Secret Recipe
Holiday Spirit X High Octane
Coffee Trader X Action Packed
Brave Face X Good Morning Sunshine
my father's seedling X Megarich
Holiday Spirit X French Rivera
Holiday Spirit X Ballroom
Holiday Spirit X Vienna Valtz
Holiday Spirit X Another Suggestion
New Perspective X Unknown
Lark Ascending X Unknown
Sofia X Unknown (bee pod)
Gypsy Lord X Unknown
Mastery X Unknown (bee pod)
Holiday Spirit X Unknown (many pods)


OMG! Sergio! Where are you going to plant them all? Whistling
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 3, 2018 6:28 PM CST
janwax said:Today I rinsed the last of 4 groups of crossed seeds, put them in small freezer bags that were a third full of damp vermiculite, wrote on the bags the crosses and date, included the original tag, rolled the bags up like a burrito and " filed" them in the vegetable drawer of the fridge, I'll start checking them in mid October. Glad that's done!

I sent off 6 or 8 dried seeds of 3 crosses to someone who requested them. Hope they're successful for her!


Jan ~ Did you get a chance to plant your seeds yet?
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Nov 3, 2018 7:27 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

Jan ~ Did you get a chance to plant your seeds yet?

I think Jan recently had her shoulder surgery. Not sure when she'll answer. Hopefully Jan's going to recover quickly! Group hug
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 3, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Barbara ~ Thank You!

She sent me an email.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener Peonies Vegetable Grower Annuals Composter
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Dachsylady86
Nov 4, 2018 8:31 AM CST
I started soaking my seeds yesterday, so they will be potted tomorrow!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Nov 4, 2018 11:09 AM CST
I always thought the seeds should be soaked for about 4 or 5 days?
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Nov 4, 2018 11:19 AM CST
This was a post from Paul that I bookmaked.
Paul2032 said:I haven't been chatting here for some time but will add my 2 cents. My goal was to see bloom as soon as possible and I can be obsessive.......I gathered my seed as the pods matured in the fall. I let the seed dry for a few weeks on paper plates and then in late Oct or early November I soaked them for a few days in luke warm water in plastic cups, changing the water daily. After a week or so of soaking I dumped the seeds on to several thickness of paper towel, folded in to a packet, moistened it, folded the packet into a square of aluminum foil, labeled with the cross, put the whole works into a sealable plastic bag and put them into the vegetable keeper. After 6-8 weeks I started checking the seed and found some crosses had started to germinate. I started potting them up in a seedling starting mix, made certain they were moist but not to wet, put the container into a plastic bag, seal, then I put them on top of my kitchen cupboards where it is warm. As the little green leaves began to show I removed the plastic bags and moved them to sunny windows and then under lights as I ran out of space. I pushed them with dilute fertilizer as I watered. Again, being obsessive, mid-March I started transplanting them into individual pots and continued to grow them on. I had prepared my bed the previous fall.....In mid-May I lined them out. At this point in time a number were several inches tall and many had increases. As I took them out of the pots they had nice root systems and didn't suffer any transplant shock. This step wasn't necessary but........They grew vigorously all summer. When I cleaned them up the following spring I actually found 3 that had tried to bloom the same summer as I had planted the seedlings out but had frozen as winter came on. I think I had nearly 100% bloom the year after they germinated. in the ground it takes 2-or 3 years to bloom. I will look for pictures.....

• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Nov 4, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Here's more information (Paul's link is the same as above)
cliftoncat said:Here are some links (thanks again, Robin!) to posts about methods of starting iris seeds - there are no doubt more, but these are ones I starred:

Paul https://garden.org/thread/view...

Brad https://garden.org/thread/view...

Jan (tea method link) https://garden.org/thread/view...

If you know of other methods and would like to share... I'm all ears! I think I might experiment and see which works best here - in the past I just sowed the seeds and left them out over winter, but if I can speed things up, why not?


These links may help those who are new here or are having trouble with their seeds.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 4, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Barbara ~ Maybe the rules are not that rigid. Liz has successfully germinated seeds as she has a pretty good size batch of seedlings.

I notice that several people don't all do it the same way and still have good results.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Nov 4, 2018 3:22 PM CST
I only soak for three days and have good results.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Nov 4, 2018 3:25 PM CST
Hilarious! three or four days- I guess that's not a big difference. Thumbs up
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 7, 2018 10:21 AM CST
Has everyone sown their seeds in pots? Indoors or outdoors?

Liz ~ I imagine that yours are outside, due to the volume of pots you must have! How many pots of seeds? When you got a large amount of seeds from one cross, did you use 2 or more pots?
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Nov 8, 2018 10:58 PM CST
I give my seeds about 3 days to dry out and then plant them straight into seed raising mixture in pots and place the pots outside. I give the pots a light water nearly every day. I move my pots under a plastic greenhouse when I am expecting heavy rain or hail and I keep them under dappled shade when the weather is hot.

My climate if different to yours, so I don't know if this information is helpful or not. It does not snow and it nearly never reaches freezing point here.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 8, 2018 11:28 PM CST
Robin ~ How deep do you plant your seeds? I was going to raise them under lights, but then I decided that I was not in a hurry for them, since I will have to eventually make room to plant them. That will be the year that I start my first "culling" and move out ones that are not my favorites. I have to only keep ones that I love.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 9, 2018 8:39 AM CST
I don't know if I will bring them into the shed when it gets to the freezing point or not. I am not sure about that. Maybe someone has some advice about that. (Bonnie, Lucy, Tom or Arlyn?)
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Nov 9, 2018 3:20 PM CST
I push my seeds into the soil so they are level with the soil and then add a thin layer of dirt over them so they are just covered. I try to keep them as close to the surface as possible. I've had the odd seed not covered properly and germinate OK.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 9, 2018 6:24 PM CST
I put about a half inch of soil, as I was told, they must not dry out no matter what. They are too deep? D'Oh!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 9, 2018 6:27 PM CST
They should be fine.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 9, 2018 8:04 PM CST
Tom ~ Thank You!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Russia (Zone 6b)
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Serjio
Nov 10, 2018 2:06 AM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

OMG! Sergio! Where are you going to plant them all? Whistling


I don't know yet, Evelyn, that's a sore point for me.)

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