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Re: HYB: advice needed

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: HYB: advice needed
  • From: Rick Tasco/Roger Duncan <randrcv@sierratel.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 07:47:30 -0700 (MST)

Ann Pearce wrote:
> Irisarians,
>              I have a problem.  I learnt recently that it may not be
> considered advisable to set seed pods on first-year plants (TBs).  But,
> since many of my plants are first-year ones, that's where most of my seed
> pods are.

Have never noticed any problems using first year plants.  I pod my first
year seedlings all the time without any noticable effect.  

> So, these are my questions:
> How many (if any) seed-pods can I leave on each plant without damaging the
> plant?

I once had all pods on all flowers of one plant.  Seven total.  No
problem.  You must realize that this plant after maturing the pods will
die and the increase which are basically new plants will be the future.

> With the pods I remove, at what time should they be removed so as to have
> the best chance of saving the seed?  (Two pods which were accidentally
> knocked off the stem, are already attached to a potato as per Lloyd
> Zurbrigg's advice to Donald Mosser.)  The crosses have all been done in the
> last 5 weeks or so.

The pods will mature between 60 and 80 days depending on the variety and
the climate.  After appox 60 days watch for the tops of the pods to turn
brown and start splitting.  When they do, this is the time to harvest
> How much extra water and fertilizer should I give the plants, and when?

A light fertilizing using a balanced fertilizer low in nitrogen after
flowering will be of benefit.  Water as usual.

> These are the varieties in question:

My, have we been busy!  Good luck with your crosses.

> All That Jazz  2 pods (one of these is 3 1/2" long, diameter 1 1/2")
> Bahloo 2 pods
> Blues Brothers 2 pods
> French Gown 3 pods
> Grecian Goddess 1 pod
> Just Magic 6 pods
> Leda's Lover 3 pods
> Magician's Apprentice 1 pod
> Mittagong 3 pods
> Mulled Wine 2 pods
> Pagan Dance 2 pods
> Perfect Couple 2 pods
> Pledge Allegiance 4 pods
> Rembrandt Magic 3 pods
> Schortman's Garnet Ruffles 3 pods
> Silk Sari 2 pods (one of these is 2 1/2" long, diameter 1 3/4")
> Speculator 5 pods
> Spring Tidings 4 pods
> Stratagem 5 pods
> Wedding Vow 1 pod
> Also: if a rather small pod isn't increasing quickly in size, is that a sign
> the plant is already under stress, and that I should just remove the pod?

I would say that this pod is about to abort.  Nothing you can do but let
nature take it's course.  It happens sometimes.

> For future reference, if a two-year old plant didn't bloom in its first
> year, should I then treat it as a first-year plant and not set seed pods on it?

No....cross,cross,cross....but have a goal or else a couple of acres of

> Thanks in advance,

Rick Tasco
Superstition Iris Gardens
Central California
Zone 8

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