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Re: Areas of Country for growing Iris

  • Subject: Re: Areas of Country for growing Iris
  • From: "Francesca Thoolen" <arilpums@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 09:11:09 -0700

You will be in the same state as Betsy Higgins. Hope your transfer is successful. Please let us know when you are settled. New e-mail? Our best wishes for your relocation.
 
Francesca
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2008 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Areas of Country for growing Iris

Most Iris pumila comes from rather cold climates and
most require a cold season to bloom although they will
grow in a warmer area. There is no reason to be
adamant that cold is required for all Iris pumila
since relatively few have been in cultivation and it
is possible that some may not require the cold trigger
for flowering. It is likely that it would take a lot
of experimentation to find a pumila that does not need
this. Many hybrids are available that have erroneously
been called pumila. some of the reblooming hybrids
such as 'Baby Blessed' may not need cold to stimulate
bloom. The Iris lutescens (chameiris) may have clones
that don't require cold to bloom. Our knowledge of
many of these plants is still too scant to make
sweeping generalizations as hard rules. Ben Hager had
developed pumila clones that would bloom in his
moderate climate of Stockton California. He used these
for breeding. He said that it was possible to find
plants that would be adapted to any climate if you
just grew enough seed. I had been trying to get him to
register his warm climate pumilas and I think he was
agreeable to the idea shortly before he died. Bob (
am moving to NC from MO in two weeks.
--- Francesca Thoolen <arilpums@comcast.net> wrote:

> Good morning Bob, Does that hold true for pumilas?
> Hope your weather is clement.
>
> Francesca
> arilpums@comcast.net
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Robt R Pries
> To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2008 7:32 AM
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Areas of Country for
> growing Iris
>
>
> I believe it is somewhat of a myth that you need a
> cold season for TB Irises. Many of the early
> tetraploid TBs were hard to grow for people in
> cold
> climates because they were said to be not very
> cold
> hardy. It seems there are always explanations of
> why
> Iris didn't grow for someone. It is often very
> hard to
> sort out whether a certain climate is the cause or
> some other factor. There are TB Irises that
> probably
> require a certain length of cool weather just as
> tulips need cool conditions to produce the
> hormones
> that cause stem elongation. But until varieties
> are
> tried in a certain area one should not dismiss the
> possibility. Generalizations almost always have
> exceptions. If I were trying to grow TBs in a warm
> climate I would look to the reblooming Irises to
> find
> cultivars that would do well.
>
> --- tmilchh@aol.com wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > ?? I believe you must have a cold season to
> grow? TB
> > irises.
> > Annette in Kentucky
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: bdavis3738@aol.com
> > To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Thu, 15 May 2008 6:03 pm
> > Subject: [iris-photos] Areas of Country for
> growing
> > Iris
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I have a question for anyone in the group who
> has
> > experience with this.? Does anyone know if TB's
> will
> > grow as far south as Ocala Florida area and if
> so do
> > the colors seem to be effected but the climate?
> >
> > ?
> >
> > I appreciate any input possible.
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Thanks in advance!? We are still anxiously
> awaiting
> > the blooming of the TB's around the Champaign
> > Illinois area.? It's going to get down to 45
> tonight
> > so I don't expect too many to pop open tonight.?
> It
> > will warm up eventually I suppose. The bloom
> looks
> > like it is going to be great when it does
> finally
> > happen.
> >
> > ?
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Brian Davis
> >
> > Champaign, Illinois
> >
> >
> > I have a question for anyone in the group who
> has
> > experience with this.? Does anyone know if TB's
> will
> > grow as far south as Ocala Florida area and if
> so do
> > the colors seem to be effected but the climate?
> >
> > ?
> >
> > I appreciate any input possible.
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Thanks in advance!? We are still anxiously
> awaiting
> > the blooming of the TB's around the Champaign
> > Illinois area.? It's going to get down to 45
> tonight
> > so I don't expect too many to pop open tonight.?
> It
> > will warm up eventually I suppose. The bloom
> looks
> > like it is going to be great when it does
> finally
> > happen.
> >
> > ?
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Brian Davis
> >
> > Champaign, Illinois
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Wondering what's for Dinner Tonight? Get new
> twists
> > on family favorites at AOL Food.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
>
>



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