The majority (so far) of my RAR seedlings are
33 - 38 inches tall. Just one so far was about 30 inches tall. I would
encourage you to try using RAR once more. It sounds as if there
ARE some crosses that will result in shorter stalks, but not all crosses. Maybe
- - (a suggestion here) try something other than a plicata, and see if results
of the seedlings stalks are taller.
Your Epicenter seedlings could carry that rebloom
gene (as my Epicenter seedlings may). I have heard that Epicenter has
rebloomed in some parts of the country, however it has never rebloomed for me.
So...........given that, consider this: if the
seedlings do not rebloom for you then maybe they will rebloom
in other areas of the country where Epicenter tends to rebloom.
~ Margie V.
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Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 7:19
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: Ring Around
Margie, I am enjoying the pictures of your Epicenter seedlings.
years ago I crossed Ring Around Rosie with Epicenter and got some
weird things, huge brown luminata-plicata blossoms on about fifteen
stalks. When I read a message from Rick Ernst that one would never get
good first generation seedling from RAR because they all grow too short,
really believed him. Since then I have heard of other people getting
ones. That is interesting.
One of my Wearing Rubies X Epicenter
seedlings is blooming already, making
food for birds. I'm going to try to
protect some of it to see what it looks
like this year. I understand that
there is rebloom possibility there.
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone