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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 22:58:37 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:44 PM
Subject: Fw: [iris] Re :HYB;Maternal Effect

> 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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