Irises have gone to seed

It appears my irises have gone to seed. I have about a dozen large "pods" that have broken off and fell into the surrounding garden space. Can these be planted like bulbs?
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Thanks for writing. These pods contain seeds --- and if they have fully ripened and turn brown and dry, you can pull the seeds out of the pods and plant them. Then be patient --- it can take two or three years before the iris bloom for the first time.

If the pods are not fully ripe, then the seeds are probably not mature enough to grow. In this case, your best bet is to add them to your compost bin.

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor,

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