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Re: HYB: carried away makign crosses


Ditto on my part Betty.  In fact we usually watch a seedling for 3 years
before decisions.
Mike



:
>
> > In
> > various types of plants the ones that don`t look
> > promising in there juvenile years turn out to be the
> > best ones after 4 or 5 years of growing . Would this
> > occur in Irises as well ?
> >
>
> My personal experience says, "Yes!" In my seedling beds, irises often look
> different during the second year of bloom.  Usually, the REAL spectacular
> ones look worse! It's not wise to brag about your new seedlings until
you've
> seen them bloom a second season! They can really embarrass you!
>
> But, some of the bad ones start looking good! First year bloom is often
> uncharacteristic of the established bloom.
>
> For this reason alone, I don't recommend trashing seedlings at the end of
the
> first year's bloom.  I've even heard people say that they discard any
> seedling that doesn't bloom the first year.  Again, I disagree with this
> practice.
>
> Betty W in South-central KY zone 6
>
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