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Re: SPU: My first Spu cross

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] SPU: My first Spu cross
  • From: Cathy <kittencampi@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 09:36:24 -0700

Patrick Orr wrote:
Well, I made my first Spuria cross today.  Those things are not as easy to cross-pollinate as bearded irises are!  Jeez...
Attached are pictures of both parents (Missouri Orange X Pee Wee Pete)
Here is hoping for some good luck that they will produce something spectacular!!! 
Patrick Orr
Phoenix, AZ  Zone 9


I hope you made multiple crosses because you should have copious seeds in the pods. Your timing in announcing this cross will place you in danger from Spuria Society headhunters.

My recollections from the convention are that there are only 700 named Spuria across all 16 species(Niswonger) . Many new hybridizers are needed in all areas from the most prominent ruffled wide falls evergreen type to to the "daylily spider" types. Spuria grow best in hot arid Isreal. They probably do well in your milder climate<VBG>

Recommendations for seed germination ranged from green seeds direct from the pod to the ground(Niswonger) to dry storage for 2 years before planting.

A lot more help is available from the Spuria Society.

I also learned to say Spur-ree-yah.

Michael M. , still in information overload, Stockton Zone 9b Ca.

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