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Re: HYB:Selection of Seedlings?

In a message dated 4/1/04 8:58:46 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
whozher@mintel.net writes:

> what is a reasonable strategy for
> the number of seedlings to take forward from a first and second selection?
> What is a reasonable number of rhizomes to have for introduction, assuming a
> new, unknown hybridizer?

Hi Chuck,

I don't think there is such a thing as reasonable.  For seedlings it all 
depends on the general look of the crop and how it fits in with what you are 
working for.  We introduced eleven from one cross because that cross produced an 
amazing variety of colors and forms, including some with unexpected reblooming 
tendencies.  Many crosses are pitched entirely because none show any desirable 
qualities.  Some seedlings are kept for further crossing because they have 
some traits that we want to incorporate into a line.  It all just depends.  For 
many hybridizers, it is a matter of how much space they have to grow seedlings.

For the number of rhizomes available for sale upon introduction, I have heard 
the number 100, but that seems like a lot for a beginning hybridizer.  
However, having your seedlings seen doing well at AIS conventions, as yours have the 
last few years should increase the demand.  One hybridizer that we know sends 
rhizomes of his upcoming/new introductions to judges all over the country to 
get recognition and thus awards.  Of course, that can be costly and time 
consuming.  Maybe you will get some advice from some more commercial type growers.

Dorothy Willott

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