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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Aug 17, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Welcome! Arturo Welcome!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Aug 17, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Here's my sophomore crop
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let the mystery be
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Aug 17, 2018 4:08 PM CST
Looking good, Jan.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Aug 17, 2018 4:10 PM CST
Here's a seedpod open today

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Thank you, Barbara
let the mystery be
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 17, 2018 4:16 PM CST
I think you'll see some blooms next season Jan Thumbs up
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Aug 17, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Some, Robin, but how many? We're already talking about another bed for the seedlings! D'Oh!
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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
Aug 17, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Jan ~ You are becoming quite the hybridizer! I hope that you get some beauties.

I have noticed on some introductions, that with the same cross, there have been more than one introduction. Who knows what will happen, but I am excited for you! Crossing Fingers! Thumbs up

“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
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 17, 2018 6:18 PM CST
Evelyn, i was going thru and looking at some of the irises I the data base. I noticed a few irises had the same pod parent but they came out so different.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Aug 17, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Thanks for the reminder...I'd heard about the stocking in the tank technique...wait, it was someone telling me how they cure olives! Maybe I'll try it some day.
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Name: Cory
Elkhart Co., IN
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irisfirefighter
Aug 17, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Just quick comment on the drying of seeds. You don't have to dry them, you can plant them while they are still fresh. They should in theory germinate, with no soaking. You dry the seeds to store for a period of time. If the seeds dry fully they require soaking for 5-7 days. This is to remove a chemical that prohibits germinate. Then they need a chilling period 60-70 days. This is information that I have gathered over the years.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Aug 17, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Welcome! arturo
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 17, 2018 10:03 PM CST
Cory ~ Welcome! back!

And Thank You! for that information!

“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
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 17, 2018 10:55 PM CST
welcome
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 18, 2018 4:12 PM CST
Thank You! Cory. I have always dried my seeds and not soaked them and then waited months for them to germinate. I think I will skip the drying part next time and hopefully my seeds will germinated much sooner.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Aug 18, 2018 4:21 PM CST
I was wondering about the necessity of drying and cold treatment. Thanks for that tip! I tip my hat to you. Thank You!

I have one more pod still to harvest... maybe I'll try planting some of that cross out right away.

(Dang seeds... daylily AND iris... can't be starting seeds with all this travel... Glare )
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Aug 20, 2018 2:05 PM CST
Here's partial list of the pods that had seeds in them this year. No empty pods, but a few had one or more names that vanished from their paper labels or were unreadable:

My Beloved x Obsessed 51 seeds
In High Heels x Day On the Bay 40 seeds
Pinkity x Bon Apetit 51 seeds
Tropical Cooler x Betty Ford
Mardi Gras Ball x my seedling (creamsicle-temp name ) 40 seeds
Silk Road x Day on the Bay 34 seeds
Augustine x Mad World 14 seeds
Over Alaska x Day on the Bay 44 seeds

Forgot to count the seeds on all the following before placing them in damp vermiculite in fridge - all around 30 to 40 seeds.

Montmartre x Absolute Treasure
Augustine x Haunted Heart
I Feel Lucky x AbsoluteTreasure
Velvet Valentine x ?
Magical x ?
2 more beepods

Now if some just germinate! Hurray!
let the mystery be
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Aug 20, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Thanks for all the seed tips, Cory !
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 20, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Totally_Amazing said: Thank You! Cory. I have always dried my seeds and not soaked them and then waited months for them to germinate. I think I will skip the drying part next time and hopefully my seeds will germinated much sooner.


I suppose that my seeds are already dried. I could experiment and pot some up without soaking them, just water the potting medium, and soak the others and then see what happens. I will refrigerate everything and check them in a couple of months. Of course, I will have to divvy up from the same cross as different crosses have different fertility. This is good, since these are my first experiments.

“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
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 20, 2018 4:56 PM CST
That's a lot of seeds Jan. I am curious to see what your Montmartre x Absolute Treasure cross produces Thumbs up

I put aside some seeds last year from one cross and soaked them to compare with the others from that cross which were planted straight into seed raising mix without soaking. My first soaked seedling and not-soaked seedlings appeared on the same day. So far there seems to be negligible difference in germination rates too.
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
Aug 20, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Robin ~ About how long from harvesting the seeds did you plant them? Did you chill them?

“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

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