I visited someone recently. He had Irises in his pond. They had made some
pods. Inside the pods were what appeared to be "seeds". I have some of
them dried...they're brown and when dry and crispy, they break away to
reveal a black "seed". Is this really a seed? If so, what's the best way
to start these buggers off?
I'm in z10, south Louisiana.
Sure they're seeds. This page
has a typical recommendation; there are many variations for how to grow them.
"Seeds of irises that are normally grown outdoors throughout the year
should be sown in the Autumn. By sowing in the autumn they will be exposed
to frost over the winter season (stratified). Sow the seeds in trays or
pots of John Innes No 1 compost or similar loam based compost. Cover the
surface of the compost with sharp sand or grit to avoid moss and liverwort
growing on top of the compost. Place the trays or pots in a cold frame or
sheltered place for the winter. Keep the compost just moist. The seedlings
should appear in the spring. The seedlings look like grass when they first
appear. The vigorous varieties can be planted out, otherwise they are best
kept in pots or potted up into single pots for the first year. They can
then be planted out in the second year. The plants take from two to three
years to flower according to the vigor of the species of iris and how well
they are grown."
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
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