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Re: OT-BIO, Mel Cross

Mel; Welcome.

I believe in two things in hybridizing. First, issues
concerning the physiology of the plant are usually
carried on by the pod parent. If you are looking for
disease resistance and growth habits choose your
mothers wisely.
Second; If you are out crossing instead of line
breeding, be sure to self your first generation
seedlings to see what recombination of characters will
take place in the second generation. That is where I
would expect the best breakthroughs.
hybridizing is exciting but also exasperating. Good
--- lscross@peoplepc.com wrote:

> Hi.  I am a new member to the Iris Digest. I live in
> Olympia, WA, where we get
> lots of rain. My wife and I have approximately 400
> TB's, including my
> seedlings, iris collection, and the irises in our
> guest garden for the Region
> 13 2008 spring meeting.  I started my collection in
> 1994 and began hybridizing
> in 2003. I am seeking any and all kinds of 
> information regarding hybridizing,
> selection process, gernination of seeds.  My current
> observations indicate
> that parents will effect pollination success, as
> well as gernination success,
> correct?  I am seeking info on 'good parents," and
> also parents that would
> produce good form, branching, and prolific growth
> and health habits. Of
> course, living in a rainy climate, I am always
> contending with brown leaf
> spot.
> My first question would be, "What is the most
> important thing you have learned
> about hydridizing?"   Thank you for any input you
> can give.  I am looking
> forward to meeting many of you at our Spring Meeting
> of Region 13.
> Mel
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