Iris tridentata

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:58:39 PST
That's a familiar story for many of us, and it's always a sad one to hear.
I am pleased, however, to hear you're getting back in control of your
obsession (or is it the other way around?) and planting many iris seeds!

I've been spending many evenings this month sorting, decorticating (as
needed), scarifying, sowing, and labeling my new iris seeds.  I'm mostly
doing Louisianas & other "native" beardless species.  But I do have some
arils too.

This winter has been terribly cold, but it's always a warming activity to
sow my seeds.  I think I've planted about 200 seeds so far.  And I've
learned from experience that these last few months of winter cold are great
for stratification, so January is definitely the best time (for me) to
plant iris seeds.

Here's hoping for a great bloom season!  (and germination season too!)

Dennis in Cincinnati




On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM, Jim McKenney <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:

>
>
> Hi, Dennis, good to hear from you.
>
> I have not done anything with those seeds since I wrote back in June.
>
> My mom fell and broke her hip in June 2012; I cared for her from then
> until her death at the end of September 2013. I did very little gardening
> during those 15 months; in fact, I hardly got out of the house much during
> that time.
>
> I'm back in the saddle now and picking up the pieces of 15 months neglect
> in my garden and in my gardening life. I'll be sowing seeds throughout the
> next three months - with all the seed exchange seeds and new purchases from
> other sources arriving, I've got lots to do.
>
> BTW, I got seeds of four cool oncos from the ASI seed exchange (I.
> atrofusca, I. atropurpurea, I. samariae and I. kirkwoodii x iberica
> elegantissima). I'll be cutting those soon.
>
> Jim
>
>
>
> On Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:45 PM, Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
> wrote:
>
> Hi Jim,
>
> I wanted to check back with you to see what you ended up doing with these
> seeds, and if any of them germinated for you last year?
> I just obtained many dozen I. tridentata seeds & have been sowing them in
> pots.
>
> Dennis in Cincinnati
>
>
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM, Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com> wrote:
>
> > They'd probably do fine if you germinated them now.  I'm not an expert
> > with this species, but I'd expect them to germinate under warm, moist
> > conditions.  You could maybe save some for winter sowing, too.
> >
> > Dennis in Cincinnati
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 8:16 PM, Jim McKenney <
> jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:
> >
> >> I've been given some seed of Iris tridentata from season 2012. The seed
> >> had been frozen until it had been mailed to me recently.
> >>
> >> Should I sow it now under warm, moist conditions? Or is some other
> >> treatment preferable?
> >>
> >> Jim McKenney
> >> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where a zillion lilies
> are
> >> blooming.
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