seed sorting

what do you do before you plant ? well it can be described as a sorted experience. it requires a large table and some boredom. and time. then things eventually sort themselves out. out and into the garden. and just in case you are wondering the flower was one of those seeds about 9 years ago…

20 thoughts on “seed sorting

  1. circadianreflections

    That’s a labour of love! Well done! You can’t see me, but I’m taking my hat off and saluting you guys! I don’t have this passion for growing flowers or any plant. You are amazing!! I am really saluting you!

  2. Washe Koda

    Yep that is what Dave Goderd’s kitchen looked like most the time “paper work” 55 yrs ago. Thank-You for keeping Day Lilies alive and well 🙂

    1. John Hric Post author

      Thanks Beth. Organized helps. I still never know what combination is going to produce a lovely flower. Organized just helps improve the odds a bit.

  3. Dan Antion

    I hope this is a labor of love, John. If not, please know that you have my appreciation. I enjoy your photos all year long. I know how hard you work, and i do appreciate it.

    1. John Hric Post author

      Dan – I would say it is a labor of fun. And love. Part of the reason I have to sort seeds is you never know how many seeds you are going to have. Depending on the weather and the temperature you do not know a given cross will take. Just a rough average I might make 3 or 4 crosses for each pod I harvest. This is based on all the podless tags hanging on plants at the end of the season. When I do get pods there is the surprise of how many seeds are inside. Some have one or two seeds. Some can have 32 seeds inside. Or it can be anywhere in between. Some of the seeds never fully ripen. So when I take the out of the pods or when I go to plant them the seeds are shriveled and empty. Some are plump looking while others are wrinkled and somewhat questionable looking. And speaking from experience some of the best looking seeds never germinate and some of the most questionable looking ones do germinate. I know this because often I will put 2 or 3 seeds together and plant them when they look questionable. And three years later I find three different siblings growing tangled together. And I try to separate and save all three. A very few when they do germinate are all white with no chlorophyll. Albino does not work with plants. No green no food and the plant dies. Those two empty seed beds in the picture will each hold about 300 plants. And that is the long answer of why I sort. One of those beds is now planted. In July when the seedlings are blooming is the other half of the reason I sort seeds. Over the space of the month various early, middle and late season seedlings come into bloom. That long happy dance is the reason I sort seeds. Holidays and birthdays last a day. The bloom of new seedlings lasts quite a bit longer. Not to overdo the comparison – christmas comes again in July… so for all that never know and surprise up front with the seed pods somehow first bloom in July you know is going to be a lot of fun.

    1. John Hric Post author

      Glad to share them. If you want a bit more than you asked for you might take a look at my response to Dan. It is fun and all worth while. Thanks Judy !

  4. susansdailygarden

    John, many many thanks to you for all this insight and for all the beautiful crosses! You have continuously inspired me to see what can happen. Although I do not do crosses, I am anxiously awaiting seeing what I hope are the first blooms from seeds I harvested from pollinators efforts three years ago. So 9 yrs? Amazing!!! Truly awesome!!! Thank you so much for continuing to share!

  5. niasunset

    This is amazing and you are great. Should be a great love behind all these things… Thank you, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia


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