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Rafa

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Iris species
« on: September 26, 2007, 07:49:45 PM »
Hello,

Here the results of Iris sp#685 Mongolia/Jurasek, I have obtained 100% success after 2 weeks!
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007, 08:16:42 PM »
Excellent news, Rafa. Now you will have the difficult duty of raising these fine children! Where/ how will you overwinter the seedlings?
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007, 08:36:28 PM »
I have builded a big bulbframe against the granit wall of the house. This wall is very well situated and it receives the sun all the day. I will also buuild a big green house agaisnt another wall. I hope it will be enought :-\

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Re: Iris species
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007, 08:55:59 PM »
That sounds a  good plan.  We have granite walls here in Aberdeen, too ! 8)  But not where we  have built the frames!!  :-[
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007, 09:00:38 PM »
This is another success with Iris paradoxa f. mirabilis after 3 weeks!!

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Re: Iris species
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007, 09:16:32 PM »
Rafa, I do hope that seeing this success of yours, along with the other posts/threads about seed raising, will encourage everyone to have a go at raising plants from seed. It amazes me how often someone will say tell us that they do not grow from seed, they only buy plants.....what pleasure they are depriving themselves of! I know nurserymen need to make a living, lord knows some of my best friends are nurserymen ( and women!) and most of us are quite incapable of NOT buying plants,  but to forego the joys of seeing the seedlings sprouting and giving you that wonderful promise of new plants to enjoy, why would anyone not want to try sowing some plant seeds ?
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007, 10:05:34 PM »
Well done Rafa. 100% success is great for encouraging you to go on with iris seeds!
Can you tell me why you have germinated these in the open rather than in a pot please? And how are you going to treat them, now that they've sprouted.

The I. paradoxa v. mirabile look very special. I remember seeing it in flower at a show in the northern spring (a picture of it I mean). Truly a magnificent or miraculous plant. I wish you every success with growing it. Was that seed from Jurasek as well?
Lesley Cox - near Dunedin, lower east coast, South Island of New Zealand - Zone 9

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Re: Iris species
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007, 11:11:14 PM »
Hello Lesley,

I have sown Jurasek seeds in humid vermiculate in little open bags and then I have put in the fridge.

Iris paradoxa f. mirabilis comes from Archibald's. I have cut the aril and put its in the fridge directly in that pot with fungicide. I think this method is good to all Iris speces and many other Iridaceas.

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Re: Iris species
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007, 11:54:04 PM »
So is this what you call "forced germination method?"
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007, 02:19:39 PM »
Sounds like very interesting methods - and quite new to me  ??? - I smell an interesting subject for our beloved BD....  ;D
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2007, 06:35:13 PM »
That is an excellent suggestion, Luc... I will encourage the BD in this experiment... now, if you could all please send nice plump iris seeds.... ? ::) 8)
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2007, 08:44:45 PM »
Will do, in the summer.
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2007, 08:12:15 AM »
I wouldn't mind some of these nice plump seeds either  ::) ??
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Re: Iris species
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2007, 09:29:52 AM »
I have also taken to sowing some of my seed directly in to perlite. Last year I sowed my trillium seed on Kitchen paper before putting them in the fridge, after they germinated I pricked most out into compost, but some into perlite. The ones in perlite grew twice as fast producing 2 roots, later in the summer I pricked them out into compost in large polystyrene boxes and they even have the makings of 2 (tiny)leaves  and a good mini tuber now. This year I have sown them directly into perlite in plastic takeway containers hopefully this will eliminate the need for the first pricking out.
I have also sown nomocharis and Lily seed which germinate quickly in perlite in takeaway containers, I find it difficult to stop the young seedlings getting frosted during the winter, this way I can bring them inside better. I haven't pt the lids on.
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2007, 11:16:13 AM »
Susan, how are you regulating the moisture content in the perlite in such flat, open boxes? I'd have thought they would dry out very quickly? So would the seedlings stay all winter in the boxes? At what temperatures? ???
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