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Fw: [iris] Re :HYB;Maternal Effect

  • Subject: Fw: [iris] Re :HYB;Maternal Effect
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 19:44:49 -0500

Okay -- Here it is in the right place.

----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] Re :HYB;Maternal Effect

> This is TORCHLIGHT PARADE (Reg, 2001). It was among 40-some seedlings
> salvaged after a neighboring farmer disced 2 years' worth of seedlings
> that
> I was growing on leased land. The markers had been scattered or
> destroyed,
> so its precise parentage was lost. However, from what I had been doing in
> my breeding program, I knew that it had WABASH on one side. The other
> parent was probably KAHILI, but one could only say that it was an unknown
> variegata. At any rate, it didn't bloom for 10 years. During that time
> it
> was moved once, from full sun to a semi-shaded area. Finally, it bloomed,
> but never giving more than two buds. Eventually, I moved it to full sun
> again. It began to increase rapidly, sending up many stalks, with as many
> as 11 buds. That year, it took "best seedling" at the Fredericksburg Area
> Iris Society show.
> It has never set seed, and until 2004, I was unable to get any pollen from
> it. Then I was able to coax some mushy pollen out of it and, much to my
> surprise, got a pod on a seedling that I consider important. It produced
> 10
> seeds, of which 6 germinated. True to their heritage, they haven't
> bloomed
> yet. But I'm patient. -- Griff
>> Paul Archer wrote:
>> " We do know that some Iris don't bloom well if at all until they get
>> more
>> established. Generally this would apply to rhizomes from other
>> climates, but
>> why shouldn't this apply to seedlings as well? "

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