HYB: New Hybridizing:pollen
In a message dated 4/11/2006 5:16:45 A.M. Central Standard Time,
<<I hope our experiences in different climates and growing conditions
encourage new hybridizers to keep trying if they don't have success the
Since this thread is mainly for new hybridizers, I'd like to mention the
fickle nature of SOME plants when it comes to producing viable pollen.
Some irises will only produce pollen on some blooms, on some plants, or
during some years!
In addition to all the things previously mentioned, there are several things
that can affect the production of pollen by the plant . . . late freeze,
missing nutrients, etc. If you want to use the pollen of a given plant just
keep checking the blooms! It could show up with each new bloom.
Some 20 years ago, I wanted to use INFERNO in my rebloom red line. It took
me three years to find good pollen, but it has definitiely been worth the
effort. I made a cross with LIME FIZZ that I wanted to remake, but after about
four years of checking for pollen I eventually forgot about it. (early
In most parts of the country, IMMORTALITY only produces good pollen on very
rare occasions. JENNIFER REBECCA is renown for being sterile, yet there are
some children. ROMANTIC EVENING rarely sets pods, yet is the pod parent of
VISITING ROYALTY. It takes persistence and a little bit of luck.
If you don't cross them, you can't plant them!
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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