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Re: Re: HYB: inside the pod (was on photos list

  • Subject: Re: [iris] Re: HYB: inside the pod (was on photos list
  • From: "Patrick Orr" <irisdude@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 21:34:19 -0700
  • List-archive: <http://www.hort.net/lists/iris/> (Web Archive)
  • Seal-send-time: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 21:34:19 -0700

I am sorry, there was a misunderstanding...

When I said, "You can get the best most fluffiest pollen on a freshly opened
or partially opened flower early in the morning when it is still cool, and it
still will not produce a pod."

I meant, you can put the best, most fluffiest pollen on a freshly opened...

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Linda Mann
  To: iris- talk
  Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 6:09 AM
  Subject: [iris] Re: HYB: inside the pod (was on photos list

  Interesting, Patrick - pollen here is hardly ever (never?) fluffy on a
  freshly or partially opened flower.  I attempt most crosses early in the
  day with pollen collected the previous afternoon or from flowers that
  opened the day before.  Our nighttime humidity is usually 100%, which
  may explain the difference. ?

  Sharon, I like the idea of making crosses for sacrifice to sort out what
  is going on in the developing (or, as you are discussing), the
  non-developing pod.  I do have two cultivars that reliably produce
  highly fertile pollen, but no equally reliable pod parents yet.  But
  there are some healthy growers here that I haven't tried to use for pods
  that might work....

  By the time of season I am usually seeing non-freeze damaged blooms,
  capable of setting pods & producing pollen, days are often hot, windy
  and dry here as well.  I have been wondering if some shade, mulch, or
  extra water/Miracle Gro as the pod is developing might yield a higher
  percentage of seeds that would germinate, but hadn't considered stress
  immediately after making the cross.

                     Patrick Orr
                     Phoenix, AZ  ZOne 9>

  <Post-mortems reveals that most of my problems occurred in the very
  early stage,
                     before the folded flower had dropped off of the
  ovary.  Our hot, dry winds tend to dessicate the
                     flower and turn it into a wind-catching flag. Simply
  cutting the flower off as soon as it was dry
                     increased my success rate enormously. Sharon

  Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
  East Tennessee Iris Society <http://www.korrnet.org/etis>
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