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Japanese Iris Seed are EASY!

I can't believe it! My large handful of Japanese iris seed is beginning to sprout!
What gets my goat is how doggone EASY it was!
All I had to do was gather the seed pods and get the seed out of them. Then I tied the seed up in the foot of some pantyhose and I put them in the watertank on the "throne" for two months. The seed need frequent water changes so they don't get eaten up with bacteria and the throne's flushing action takes care of this nicely. Then after the two months were done, I took the seed out of the throne tank and wrapped them up in a wet papertowel and I put it into a ziploc bag. I put the ziploc bag into the refrigerator for 4 months of chilling.
With the 4 months done, I took the seed out of the refrigerator and they are already beginning to sprout!
I'll be potting these rascals up the rest of today.


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Mar. 27th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!!! It may have seemed easy but you've certainly gone to a lot of trouble with these seeds - well done. Brilliant idea about putting them into the loo cistern too.
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
I so wish I could take credit for the loo cistern idea but the iris website I found the germination information on insisted you do that. I put a note on the wall above the loo cistern so I wouldn't forget.
Mar. 28th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Still, major kudos to you for taking all the time and trouble. I look forward to seeing them when they bloom.
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Surely by then I will have figured out how to post a digital picture.
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
I wish I could claim the idea but it was on the iris website where I found the directions.
Mar. 27th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I imagine you have a very smug smile right now. Go you.
Mar. 27th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Seeds in the toilet tank? That's freaking brilliant!

I suspect the amusement of telling people you started these plants in the toilet when you start getting compliments on them will have some staying power.

And you made me smile. Nicely done. (-:
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
My pleasure, ma'm!
Mar. 27th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)

Mar. 31st, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
I wonder if some of them will have varigated leaves like their parents--it'll be interesting to find out.
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Keep us informed! I would be interested in that as well!!!
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I will.
Mar. 31st, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
I am not sure I have the same thing... I dug my "pond" iris up in a ditch next to a natural swamp, but... the seeds were very difficult to get out of the pods.. so I may have to do the same thing to get them to germinate.

I LOVE learning new things!
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I think what you have is one of the native American species iris. There are about five of them native to the eastern half of the US and these five species were interbred to produce the Louisiana iris.
May I suggest you look for germination directions for the Louisiana iris instead of the Japanese iris? I think you'll be more likely to have success that way.

You should have seen me prying away on my Japanese iris seed pods! I finally had to resort to sawing the rascals in two to get to the seeds.
They are now doing a lot of breeding work on America's west coast iris too.
Apr. 1st, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I thank you for the information. Whatever I have.. it is in bloom right now..

Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
That's definitely one of the species iris I was talking about. It looks very pretty and quite vigorous to me. If I were you, I think I'd go with the Louisiana iris germination directions. Iris aren't hard just time consuming. (I am busy working with over one hundred germinating Japanese iris seeds this week and if I can get those rascals to germinate--anybody can!)

Mar. 27th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
easy, eh?

Forgetting about them and having them inevitably glog the throne from above after a year or two, is how this scenario would play in out in doodlemaier's ½ acre. I'll stick with simple and leave the easy stuff for you experienced gardeners.
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Now I want to put seeds in my toilet tank.
Mar. 28th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I know, right? If for no other reason, just so I can say that I have Irises in my toilet! :)

Mar. 31st, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
It's a wetlands plant thang...
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
When these babies get big enough to make the trip, some of them will be coming to live with you!
Mar. 31st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have some. I have huge clumps of what my grandmother called Japanese Iris, but I'm not sure that they're the same thing. They will grow in upland soil. Mine are in heavy clay. You can start with a tiny bit and end up with masses of them. They produce seeds, but they increase so quickly and easily by rhizomes that I've never tried germinating the seeds. Want a little clump?

What color are yours? Mine are deep violet.
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
The parents of these seed were purple, white and blue flowering and I have no idea what colors their grandparents were. Some of the parents also had varigated foliage, so we get to see if any of the babies inherit that trait.
Japanese iris do love their clay, don't they?
I'd love to have a little clump of your iris! Do you have a picture of them in bloom?

Do you have any 'Harvest of Memory' iris? These are yellow rebloomers and they are very hardy and vigorous. They generally rebloom very late in the fall. I usually wind up having to cut the flowers off and bring them into the house just before the first frost of fall. They open up beautifully in a vase and will continue to open until the last flower is open.

Mar. 31st, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Harvest of Memory sounds wonderful.

I have a huge clump of what looks like a yellow Japanese iris. I have no idea what the proper name for it is.

I'll send you a clump of my Japanese iris. If they are as vigorous in your climate as they are here, they'll soon form large clumps, and you can share with your neighbors.
I'll take some pics when they bloom.
Mar. 31st, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Are you particularly busy this spring?
Apr. 1st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm pretty busy. Due to an illness and back surgery, I missed the growing season last year, and no maintenance got done. I'm doing repairs to the greenhouse, weeding and pruning, sharpening tools, etc. Last night, we planted 6 kinds of tomatoes and 6 kinds of peppers in the greenhouse. We'll end up with at least 30 kinds of tomatoes and over 20 kinds of peppers. For the next couple of weeks, we'll be planting several varieties of seeds each day.
Apr. 1st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Wow! I can't see you getting into any mischief any time soon. I'm glad your back surgery was a success!

Mar. 28th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
LingOL and hoping for pictures one day soon.
Mar. 31st, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
My Japanese iris are pretty when they bloom and some of them have varigated leaves. I hope for pictures too!

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