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Re: rebloomers (classification)

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] rebloomers (classification)
  • From: storylade@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 11:02:06 EDT

In a message dated 10/14/01 9:04:15 AM Central Daylight Time, iris@syix.com 

<< I have 26 rebloomers blooming, with another 10 in bud.  It is almost as 
 as Spring!!!!  Most I know are rebloomers but a few might me just because of
 our wonderful fall weather. >>

Brice,  In order for an iris to bloom in the fall it must carry the rebloom 
gene/genes.  The particular iris may (only ??) be a sporatic rebloomer 
(sometimes referred to as a California rebloomer), which only blooms when 
conditions are optimal--for instance your wonderful fall weather.  

IMHO, our problem with rebloom classification is not with calling any iris 
that fall blooms a rebloomer.  Rather, it is with the failure to break 
rebloom down into it's various classifications.  I, for one, would like a 
yard full of everbloomers.  Unfortunately, there are few irises that qualify 
as everbloomers in my zone 7 garden. More common are the cycle rebloomers, 
those that bloom reliably each fall, usually Sept, Oct, then into Nov. here.  

However, I love irises and I will take bloom whenever it chooses to grace my 
garden, even if it's repeat or sporatic rebloom.  Otherwise, I wouldn't be 
able to tell people about the fall that VICTORIA FALLS grew a stalk that 
looked like a bush.  I quit counting @ 18 buds.  

I would LOVE a list of the irises that are fall blooming for you.  Send it 
privately, if you think others might be bored, or consider it "politically 
incorrect".  Even an iris that is a sporatic rebloomer in California carries 
genes that might be helpful to broaden the rebloom base.  

Betty in BG KY zone 7 or 6.  I forget.  LIke I said, the above is my opinion. 
 Honest too!

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