Bearded Iris from Seeds

Adam Fikso
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:57:24 PST
There's an entire literature out there-- much of it available from the 
American Iris Society Bulletin going back about 50 years.  To enhance your 
search--type in:   iris seed germination

Check their website and that of Signa, and if you want to get fancy and 
difficult--Try the International Aril Society.  As long as 7 years can be 
routine from planting to germination for aril iris hybrids.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Maxwell" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 10:25 PM
Subject: [pbs] Bearded Iris from Seeds

> Hi All,
> last June a few of my bearded iris produced seed pods and set seed from
> March's blooms.
> I'd never had my iris set seed I'd never tried growing them 
> from
> seed before.
> I let the seeds dry out completely...then in August or September soaked 
> them
> for a few days...and planted them in a tray of potting soil.
> Well, after a few months of no-action I figured they weren't viable...and
> dumped the trays into the mulch bin.
> Well, last week I was emptying the mulch bin and discovered about a dozen 
> or
> so little green single-leafed iris sprouts...with a very interesting
> filament growing downward along side the leaf.
> They had been growing completely buried under potting soil.
> I was impressed.
> So I carefully lifted as many as I could find and put them in little
> pots...and now they're growing just fine.
> My iris are about to start I'll have to give 
> cross-pollinating
> a try and see if anything comes of it.
> Anyone have experience hybridizing & growing iris from seeds?
> I'd be curious.
> -David
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