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Re: AB: sdlg

  • Subject: Re: AB: sdlg
  • From: "Francesca Thoolen" <arilpums@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 08:57:09 -0700

Good morning Griff, Probably one reason you had no luck with Jewel of Omar is that you started with the more difficult ones to work with in arilbreds. Most OB- are from unusual crosses that normally lead to unbalanced chromosomes therefore unable to mate properly to create balanced pairs of genes that are necessary for fertile plants. Having said that, there are exceptions, very few, and in many cases can be the result of genes not dividing or what we commonly call "doubling" of chromosomes. Although Jewel of Omar was reportedly used as a seed parent this would have been an exception to the rule. The luck of the draw so to speak. Normally many same crosses would have to be made before this might happen again. The fact that it was able to make seed is not unusual but did it create a balanced plant being able to go on for another generation. If you would try your hand with OGBs that are reportedly both [SP & PP] (was used as seed parent and pollen parent) you would have better success with achieving another generation that would also be possibly fertile both ways. Don't give up, try again. In the ASI Illustrated checklist you not only can see what many parent plants look like but in many cases we have added new information as to when the plant was successfully used as a seed parent and/or pollen parent. Wishing you a good iris season ahead,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] AB: sdlg

Donald  --  That seedling is so beautiful that it almost makes me want to try ABs again.  The only one I ever grew was JEWEL OF OMAR, which I gave away after not being able to germinate its few seeds.  I'm sure that had more to do with my inexperience at the time than with any deficiency in the plant.  --  Griff
Zone 7 along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, in Virginia
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 9:30 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] AB: sdlg

First seedlings to attempt bloom last year were from a cross of ZERZURA X
JEHOSAPHAT'S RELIANCE. They are slightly later this year, so I'm seeing
some that got blasted. This is one of those. For some reason, I'm not
finding the caliche tone that shows on several a liability on this bloom.
It's not as white as the photo appears. Aside from the caliche color on the
falls, it's a very pale lavender blue. This is a 2nd day old bloom.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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