Asked on May 2, 2017

How hard s it to grow Iris from seed?

Hillela G.

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  • Hillela G.
    on May 3, 2017

    You can do it!
    Just put them in seed raising mix and keep them just barely moist. Best put the pot in semi shade, so it doesn't dry out.
    If it is fresh seed they should start to germinate after 6 weeks, if it is old seed it is better to soak it for a few days, changing the water daily. If the seed is from bearded irises, then strstifying in the fridge will help you get quicker germination. Put the seed in some damp peat moss, or paper towell, roll up in a sandwich bag or similar, and put in the vegie crisper for a few weeks. You may even have some seed starting to germinate after this time.
    Plant them out into the garden, or larger pots in early Spring, and you will get some bloom on them the following Spring.
    Expect a wide variety of offspring if they are bearded irises, or louisiannas. Even if they look exactly like the parent plant, the will be genetically different, and cannot be given the name of the parent.
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