Discussions and Q and A about hybridizing irises forum: oh boy, I have a seed pod!

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Imagenaomimade
Jun 14, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
I crossed Tuxedo with an iris that I 'think' is Stars and Stripes...it was supposed to be 'Bubbling Over'.. but it obviously isnt... but... still I have a 'practice pod' Big Grin

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Imageirisloverdee
Jun 14, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Super!

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It is fun! and very addictive
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Imageirisarian
Jun 30, 2010 9:26 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I have pods all over MTBs & a stray one on an SDB on my red amoena project. Then there is a pink SDB pod which I did myself (loud cheers). & 2 on a light orange BB ( stronger cheers).
Imagenaomimade
Jun 30, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
Cool! good luck Lucy! I suppose I'll have to build one of thos cold-frame things to protect the seeds..? or just plant them and let it snow..?
Imageirisloverdee
Jun 30, 2010 10:14 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Most in your area, pot the seeds and then trench them in and let the snow cover them...it is excellent cover I am told. But I would let people that have more snow than us advice for sure Naomi

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Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageirisarian
Jul 1, 2010 1:24 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Yes we pot them & stick them in the trench (protects the roots). Snow is fine but they really need COLD & doesn't CO have some?
Imageirisloverdee
Jul 1, 2010 2:03 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Where she is YES!

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Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagenaomimade
Jul 1, 2010 8:54 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
LOL! yeah, I'll say.....
Imageavmoran
Jul 7, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Cold Frame? Not So. I lived in Colorado Springs one winter (that was enough for me) Here I pot them up (all types of irises) in a mix of topsoil, compost, sand. Put the pots in a bed I made specially for them and let nature take its course. Why?

The strongest seedlings germinate, the strongest seedlings survive, and I don't have time to water them through the winter and spring.

I get 60-80% germination except with Arils and Aril breds which are lower but strung across years.

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Imagenaomimade
Jul 7, 2010 8:52 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
ok, so..I already talked to my hubby about cutting a bunch of PVC pipe for the seeds, and I plan to put them in a 'frame' of some sort, and then put them in a special spot in the back yard.. a place that is not condusive to snow drifts and gets a decent amount of sun. Will the seeds be ok if it freezes and thaws a few times?
Imageirisarian
Jul 7, 2010 9:51 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Seeds will be fine. It's the germinated seedlings that you have to watch for heaving.
Imagenaomimade
Jul 8, 2010 5:10 AM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
Thanks Lucy. &:-)
Imageirisarian
Aug 15, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
The bees were very busy this yr. A species X plant (aphylla x picata TB seedling) had pods all over. They have been splitting while I was doing other jobs. Some seeds ended up on the ground, but those have been retrieved. So I have 2 small apron pockets of pods & seeds to sort. I had put my gloves in the other pocket. Most of the seeds will be sent to the British Iris Society which sells out of pogon seeds.
Imagenaomimade
Aug 15, 2011 9:50 PM CST
Name: Naomi DiVincenzo
Colorado Springs
zone 5b
I got two to germinate, but they died while we went on our June camping trip.. &:-( Oh well it was just practice anyways... I didn't try to cross any at all this year, but got a surprise bloom from who knows where! I seem to remember a seed pod a few years back.... back before I was really paying attention... it's the only resonable explanation for this bloom that I never saw before. This bloom came out of one of several rhizomes that I thought were all National Velvet.
National Velvet has been growing next to Tuxedo for a few years in my back yard, so I nicknamed this 'Velvet Tuxedo'. I think I'll just keep it as my 'pet' iris.. &:-)
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Imageirisarian
Aug 16, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Fun.

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