Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Irises out of hibernation

It was supposed to be Christmas  but I got waylaid by festivities and the like and then by the wind and cold - I know excuses excuses but here we are 4th Jan and they are still lurking in the hydrator. so today they are being decanted from hydrator to pot and balanced along the bathroom window sill for  some sun and some warmth to get them going early.

The idea is that it 'fools' the seed into thinking winter is done and it's now spring (the irony is not lost on me that this year I could have left them outside with our freakily warm winter for the same effect!)
This then gives the seedling a long long long first spring (6 months instead of 3) in which to bulk out it's root and hopefully get it to flower next year in it's 2nd season instead of the usual 3rd or 4th.

Potted up and labelled, ready for a warm window sill

Just out of the hydrator, lurking in the perlite is all the potential of vernalised little Iris seeds

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