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Re: Re: AB: the experimental family
  • Subject: Re: Re: AB: the experimental family
  • From: "El Hutchison" <eleanore@mts.net>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 08:50:36 -0500


Donald, I'm sure if no one ever tried something, just to see if it worked,
we'd still be in the dark ages. ;)

I grow so many iris that, after my doc n do, I don't have time to make
crosses, although the bees have done a fine job with a few beauties for me.
Growing hardy iris that thrive on the Canadian prairies is what I'm mainly
focused on.

Has anyone tried to speed up the years from seed to flowering by using a
method lily breeders use? IE 3 months in the fridge, 3 months out, etc?

El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Z3

----- Original Message -----
From: "d7432da" <donald@eastland.net>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2010 8:28 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: AB: the experimental family

> Yeah. Well, but if you work with ugly you have to be prepared to grow
> ugly and work through ugly to the end. Not too practical for anyone in a
> hurry to get a high quality bloom. It's really sorta rare for me to make
> a cross thinking I'll 'improve' the bloom. I may want to see how
> something will work and as often as not it has to do with plant growth as
> the bloom. Maybe if I ever accumulate enough information and experience
> and have plants I've worked with I'll try it. Probably won't live that
> long, though. The process of growing something from seeds is fun - and
> frustrating. The nice stuff I see and often get is due to the hybridizers
> that produced the plants I use, not to me.
> Donald
> --- In iris-photos@yahoogroups.com, Linda Mann <lmann@...> wrote:
>> Although I'm not trying to grow AB's, it sure is nice to see that you
>> can use something with falls as crimped as the upper left and get much
>> nicer form in the seedlings. I've been tempted to use a few like that
>> because they have other traits I want (i.e., alive, blooming and fertile
>> here in the vale) but form has been so unlikeable, I haven't.
>> Thanks for posting the family group, Donald.
>> > tendency to have crimped falls
>> > as seen here. I sure didn't expect the drastic improvement.
>> Linda Mann
>> east TN USA zone 7
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