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Re: LA seedling

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] LA seedling
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" IrisLady@comcast.net
  • Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 14:26:26 -0700

It was like Christmas morning - -  watching those seedlings bloom, wasn't it? 
Another good reason to use one pod parent x (only) one pollen parent is because if you are ecstatic enough with the seedlings produced - and want to duplicate that cross again - - you'll have the precise/correct record on which ones it took. 
Super/great advice from Bob, Christy, and even what Betty has said so far.  I admire your creative side. Good luck with your hybridizng and start thinking about goals. What is it - - do you vision - - that you would like to see produced? Then go after it.  :-)
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
From: Hensler
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] LA seedling

----- Original Message -----
From: "Will Warner" <wildbill@techie.com>

>I mixed pollen on this year of crosses.  I'd read about hybridizers mixing
pollens in >hopes of inter-specific crosses.  Hopefully I'll spell these
right...pseudacorus, >siberian, foetidisima, spuria, virginica, ensata, and
louisiana were all mixed
>together in a film canister, and pollen brushed on with a small paintbrush.

Hi Will,

The iris community certainly could use a few more hybridizers working with
species crosses and I can't fault your enthusiasm!

I would suggest that the term "mixing pollen" when used by other hybridizers
usually means that pollen from different plants of the same species are
mixed before using.

It's a space and time saving method I use especially when using unnamed
seedlings on another species to find out if there is any compatibility. Once
I know I have a "take", I can do more detailed one-on-one crosses.

Hiroshi Shimizu also mentioned of the "Eye Shadow Irises" that pollen from a
wide array of Japanese irises was mixed before using on individual I.
pseudacorus types to see if any might be receptive. Once the best
"pseudacorus" for the crosses was identified, more crosses could be made
with selected JIs. (BTW, the "pseudacorus" that won out is actually reported
to be a 3rd generation pseudacorus-type derivative of HOLDEN CLOUGH, a
species-x. But that's a whole 'nuther topic ;-))

You'll find that if you limit mixing pollen to plants of the same species
that you'll be able to tell more quickly if a cross worked and increase your
chance of success in subsequent crosses.

Good luck with your hybridizing.


Skip & Christy Hensler
Newport, WA

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