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Re: Re: REB: Frequent Flyer seedlings

  • Subject: Re: Re: REB: Frequent Flyer seedlings
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:19:31 -0400

Remember the reputed G. B. Shaw put-down, "But what if it had my beauty and your brains . . ."?  Sometimes we may have to wait until the next generation.  --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
From: donald
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:22 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: REB: Frequent Flyer seedlings

Not here. I haven't been able to make any correlation at all between
the apparent vigor of one or both of the parents in what turns up in
the seedlings. Pods between two strong growers have produced only
one or two or none strong growers and pods between two poor growers
have produced a uniform bunch of strong growers. It's all over the
board as far as I can tell. I'm thinking TB seedlings here, but it
applies to the AB crosses as well.

I do see the ability to rapidly form a strong root system makes for a
strong growing plant here. It just doesn't seem be a highly
heritable trait.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

--- In iris-photos@yahoogroups.com, Linda Mann <lmann@...> wrote:
> Same here - Only took a few attempts before I gave up trying
crosses the
> other way. I really do think the health/vigor comes more from the
> parent, but haven't done any crosses to prove it.
> I've also learned that ability to put on new roots really fast is a
> key to strength here. I give all the newly potted up cultivars the
> 'wiggle' test a week after planting. If they are solid, they
usually do
> well here & have potential to be really good pollen donors. If the
> whole thing is still loose, may as well forget it, regardless of
> top growth is doing.
> <I almost never get vigor from a cross if the pod parent
> isn't a bully grower. Am taking notes also of ones that
> stay healthy and growing all summer and look like they
> could make stalks again in fall. The challenge now will be
> trying to get them to put on a pretty face.>

> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
> East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.DiscoverET.org/etis>
> Region 7, Kentucky-Tennessee <http://www.aisregion7.org>
> American Iris Society web site <http://www.irises.org>
> talk archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/>
> photos archives: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/>
> online R&I <http://www.irisregister.com>

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