Asked on May 8, 2012

Can anyone tell me what this is at top of my Iris....Are they seed pods?

Rodrigo SebidosAnnie DohertySuzette Trimmer


26 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 8, 2012

    Yes, they are. The theory is that the seed pods rob energy from the roots and you will get less bloom next year if you allow them to remain on the plant.

  • Walter Reeves
    on May 8, 2012

    But you could let one go ahead and turn brown and collect the seed inside. Plant them immediately and you'll have interesting blooms in a couple of years.

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on May 8, 2012

    I have the same thing w/my tulips, is the same true.

  • Dianne
    on May 8, 2012

    thanks so very much...may try it....& yes, I have seen it on my tulips also but cut them off...

  • Susan S
    on May 8, 2012

    @Dianne - I'm so glad you asked that question about the "pods" forming on the Iris. Since I'm a bit farther north, my Iris are just coming into full bloom now so no pods yet. I've always wondered if I was supposed to whack them off or what? Mostly I don't bother and my Iris are just as full and lush as ever. SOOOOO, it's a little confusing. If you can plant the seeds from the pods but it's the rhizomes that you need to divide in order to propagate . . . . Maybe I'll let some of the pods turn to seed & cut the rest off and see what happens!!

    • Sue Kiene
      on Apr 29, 2016

      @Susan S You can get new babies started with the seed but it will take a while (years) to get them to the point of blooming which is why you split, purchase and share rhizomes. If you went to the store and purchased the seed think how disappointed you would be that you did not get instant gratification with a flower.

  • Toqua B
    on May 8, 2012

    I have had MANY iris's over the years and have NEVER seen these pods. Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda B
    on May 8, 2012

    Yes, just as the rose will put out rose hips if you do not dead head the plant, so will the iris.I have never tried to plant any because Iris's are propogated by rhizomes...

  • Sandra R
    on May 8, 2012

    I do believe these are seed pods, I've never let mine develope.

  • Paul M
    on May 8, 2012

    Yep those are seed pods alright.

  • Martha B
    on May 8, 2012

    seed pods

  • Ann S
    on May 9, 2012

    wrap cheesecloth around them and let dry on there then you can remove the cheesecloth and have your seeds ready to plant

  • Barbara R
    on May 9, 2012

    careful not to let the seeds fall and germinate, if you have other irises in the same bed you could cross polinate risking losing the original one later on

  • Kathy G
    on May 9, 2012

    never seen this with any of my irises. peculiar

  • Linda E
    on May 9, 2012

    I would think its seed pods but yet it may be another bloom. Not sure

  • Millie C
    on May 9, 2012

    yes they are seed pods

  • Judy J
    on May 16, 2012

    Break them open and spinkle some in your garden. All you got to do is water.and they will come up.

  • LCGPetrey
    on Apr 24, 2015

    Look like seed pods but don't open until they've matured. They'll probably pop open all by themselves.

    on Jun 22, 2015

    Keep an eye on them and when they do open, plant them. You never do know what color you will get.

  • Susan
    on Jun 25, 2015

    I have never seen this-how interesting!

  • Suzette Trimmer
    on Oct 18, 2015

    As an old Iris Grower & lover of past decades. I just had to make a comment. To the few above who said they have never been on their own or ever, I simply can not imagine, and I am envious. For at this time of year I am constantly cutting down seed stems. Today, for example, I have cut off thus far 428 pods. Yes, you read that correctly, I give so many away and then there are those I literally scatter in the wind. Long Road trips along interstates I sincerely do throw all sorts of seeds indigenous to the region to have beautify the barren center regions. Many years later I have been lucky enough to see so many areas I recognize as having set seeds that grew many lovely pop up flower patches that everyone can enjoy.

  • Suzette Trimmer
    on May 13, 2016

    Please accept my apology for such a late and delayed response. I would be more then happy to send you Iris seeds as many as you'd like.

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 19, 2016

    What a lovely generous gesture scattering seeds and brightening up peoples lives, I wished I live in the US and had seed pods like these, they are amazing as are you.

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 19, 2016

    Sorry I should have addressed this post to Suzette.

  • Rodrigo Sebidos
    on Jul 2, 2016

    Irises produce a dry dehiscent fruit called capsule. Capsules differ from pods (Legumes) by splitting into several sutures before releasing the seed inside while pods generally split in two suture as in Legumes.​

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jul 3, 2016

    You are absolutely correct Rodrigo, I recall these seed pods in my Grandfather's garden and once recall it bursting with a very loud pop and watching the seeds scattering. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rodrigo Sebidos
    on Jul 4, 2016

    Welcome, Anne

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