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Image1g4bs
Jan 16, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Name: Shirley Bishop
Saginaw,MI
Never enough flowers!!
Hi! I'm Shirley from MI. Love to garden with my husband, kids, & grandkids!! Love all flowers but have a "special thing" for Iris!! Can't wait for it to get warm enough for my "basement dwellers" to go outside & place "new" orders(already in the works!).Thumb of 2012-01-16/1g4bs/f87a05
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ImagePaul2032
Jan 16, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Welcome Shirley.......I'll bet you enjoy the chat here. I'm starting to plant my TB seed today. They have been in the frig for a couple of months. I'll grow them in the house til I can get them out side in Mid-May.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
ImageMShadow
Jan 16, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Welcome Shirley! You will like it here. Another Michigander!

Paul, have fun playing in the dirt!
Imageirisloverdee
Jan 16, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Welcome Shirley, if you really love iris like most of us addicts do here, you love it, always learning from one another, and oh the pictures are something else as we have some of the best photographers going on here.

Paul enjoy planting when you do.

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

Imageirisarian
Jan 16, 2012 3:40 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Welcome to the cubits. We love all contact & someone is a colder area is really helpful. Get this filled up with Wolverines.
Image1g4bs
Jan 16, 2012 4:13 PM CST
Name: Shirley Bishop
Saginaw,MI
Never enough flowers!!
Thanks for all the welcomes!!
Paul do you have much luck with planting iris seeds? Have never tried it but have wanted to!
My "basement dwellers" are plants that I did not get taken care of last fall:(

Marilyn it's nice to have someone "close" to my area--dealing with the same weather at the same time!!

Thanks again everyone--looking forward to lots of learning & ideas!!!
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Image1g4bs
Jan 16, 2012 4:26 PM CST
Name: Shirley Bishop
Saginaw,MI
Never enough flowers!!
Dee -- just looked at other forums & seen your post last fall on hybridizing iris -- WOW -- looks intimidating to someone like me who has never tried it!! Have never tried even growing iris from seed but would love to try it -- have seen SOOO many different articles on different ways to do it & have just not had the time to do so yet!!
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Imageirisloverdee
Jan 16, 2012 4:43 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Shirley there are many ways to start iris from seed, here in zone 7 all we do is to plant the seeds in the pot no more than 25 to one gallon pot and put outside, cover with tiny rocks like aquarium rock, if you have chickens or digging birds, animals I cover with metal mesh and keep watered as needed.

Many people start in the refrigerator and let sprout then plant.

It is fun to try!

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

ImageMaryNZ
Jan 16, 2012 5:07 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Welcome Shirley :)
It's summer where I live, in New Zealand, and the whole idea of overwintering Iris plants indoors is completely new to me. I am rescuing an overgrown garden at present, and am mainly learning here, I just have a few TBs.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImagePaul2032
Jan 16, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Shirley...as Dee said there are many ways of starting seed. I soak my seed for a few days, refrigerate a couple of months, and then plant in containers and raise inside until I can line them out in the spring. I use this method as I am impatient and feel I can get bloom, our goal, quicker. I had one which germinated in Jan 2011 and bloomed Oct 2011.....l0 months. Making the crosses is easy also. If you want to try we will be glad to share our methods. Here are my 2011 seedlings last fsummerThumb of 2012-01-17/Paul2032/575368
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Imageirisarian
Jan 16, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
since we have cold weather (not as cold as you are) we start them outdoors in plastic flats, cover with screening to keep out birds & rodents.
ImagePollyK
Jan 16, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hi Shirley, welcome, welcome!

If you wish to start hybridizing, you'll have help here with any questions every step of the way. We have some great hybridizers on this Cubit.

And what all are you growing under lights, there??? Wow, looking good!!!

Glad you're here to talk with us.


Imageavmoran
Jan 17, 2012 3:53 AM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Welcome Shirley
You'll have lots of fun and lots of Ideas

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