I have to agree with Charles. I have been making crosses on 3 occasions, nothing major. This past year I went overboard, and this spring had 472 sprouted seedlings. What should I do? Well I potted all of them in 16 oz plastic drinking glasses. I was forced to look for space to plant them. Hopefully I will find time and space for them. Who knows what I might find in them? That is the big question.
On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM, chad schroter <email@example.com>
If you get Joe Ghio's catalogs you can read a story about how when he acquired more land to grow seedlings, he started to plant out those seedlings which had germinated the second year after planting (formerly he just threw them away). One of the first Iris he selected from those became STARRING.
IMHOP I think you can see the 'quality' of a cross in 20 seedlings... but if you are looking for that 1 in a million combination - it could be any one.
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 10:46 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: how many should I plant?
I guess I should clarify - what I'm trying to get a feel for is how many
seeds/seedlings do experienced breeders plant when they are trying to
combine recessives this way?
It sounds like the more the better.
Or do they usually try to stack the odds more favorably than this type
of half X half cross. From reading pedigrees, it seems like most
crosses of this type involve crossing an offspring back to the parent
carrying the recessive. Better odds!
With so many seeds this year (80+ diff crosses to choose from), I won't
plant each seed as it sprouts - will pot the entire lot as soon as the
earliest ones sprout.
<Don't bother with burrito method. That will only give you the ones that
can germinate first.
Chuck Chapman >
Linda Mann east TN USA