In a message dated 7/3/2005 12:19:12 P.M. Central Standard Time,
to do that. Rebloomers can't do it all. I think we need to push
the VE and VL iris.
In a discussion of Bob's seedling 98-134, Janice said the above.
In my area, the VE irises rarely bloom well. If they don't get frozen
out, I get distorted stalks.
I'm not sure we all want irises that bloom in the 100+ days . . . I
have a memory of blooms on Jean Guymer one summer (mid-eighties) when we had
several 105 days! Not a pretty sight. We've not had many days like
that, until this year.
We have a lot of new people on here who might be interested in hybridizing
toward the year round iris. For the record, there are 4 types of
rebloomers: repeat, cycle, everbloomers & sporadic rebloomers.
I believe that combining the four types of rebloomers will produce
ever blooming irises.
The repeat bloomer is probably the least understood. These throw up
extra stalks not long after regular bloom season. We've recently discussed
ROMANTIC EVENING as being this type. My own SUMMER RADIANCE is
another. This is probably the most under reported class because some
say they aren't really rebloomers! But, they are listed in the judges
handbook and in various publications.
The cycle rebloomer has a set and distinct second season of bloom.
One of my favorites of this type is SUMMER OLYMPICS.
Everbloomers are the ones that can bloom, again, any time rhizomes
mature. Could be June, July, August, Sept, etc. IMMORTALITY is
probably the best know of this group, but FEED BACK is another. Also,
The sporadic rebloomers make up the largest class. This is the group
that reblooms occasionally but not dependably in my part of the country.
In California and other warm areas these often reach everbloom class.
Unfortunately, unlike the everbloomer, they rarely do so in the colder
In my region I've seen summer or fall bloom from MY VALENTINE, BEVERLY
SILLS, & VICTORIA FALLS, (many others) but only rarely. And only if
certain cultural needs are met.
If enough hybridizers combine the most beautiful of the sporadic rebloomers
with the most prolific of the other three classes . . . and circulate them
. . . we will be well on our way to everblooming irises. With a
lot of work and enough varieties we can reach this level with irises. Ben
Hager thought we'd be there by now!
This is why I think it's so important to know what is reblooming in
California, Australia, Virginia, etc..
Just do it! Pick out your favorite hardy rebloomer and your favorite
ruffled & laced sporadic rebloomer and make those crosses!!
A question! Are rebloom carriers just sporadic rebloomers that
haven't rebloomed for me yet?? ;-)