In a message dated 2/14/2007 6:59:20 A.M. Central Standard Time,
<<I know you've talked about all this before, but I'm still a little hazy
on the details. I think you've mentioned not working with late
bloomers, & with their later germination, that makes it harder to get
them outdoors early in the season.>>
About the late blooming irises. In the first ten years of my iris obsession
(Alvaton) I did buy late blooming irises. It was a part of my goal to have
extended bloom and an effort to out smart mother nature when it came to shows
and seasons! I found I had to make a special effort to enjoy 'Last Hurrah'
and the other late irises.
When I moved to Allen County, I didn't make a special effort to collect
extra late irises. I do grow Ghio irises, especially his California rebloomers,
and I have a number of late season irises. 'Natural Blond' was one of the
last irises to bloom here last spring. Some of the largest blooms I've seen in
As to my failure to breed late blooming irises? When I do make late
crosses they usually don't set. (speaking of the Allen County experiences--) I tend
to wreck my % of takes each year by making 15 to 20 crosses at the end that
don't set pods! Too much heat I think.
Yet, I keep trying. Good thing too! I have 22 seed, sprouts soon I hope,
from 1907-3Re X Renown that was made on June 27. Renown pollen was from the
fall of 2005. I made five or six crosses that day and this was the only one
that took. Some times it takes persistence. Or maybe I'm just hard headed??
As to soaker hoses, I don't know that I can give good advise just now. The
ones I like are round like other hoses and made of old tires. They 'weep.'
I really like these. This past spring, I had to buy new ones for the
seedling beds. All I could find were the ones that are flat and can be turned up or
down. Down is supposed to give the effect of the others but doesn't for me.
Not crazy about them.
Seedlings are planted with four rows to the bed and two soaker hoses to the
bed. All beds have been 50 foot long to accommodate the hose length. When
seedlings are first planted, I water to the point of saturation. Then I back
off and only water to maintain moisture until they show new growth. Once
they are anchored in the soil by new root growth, I back off to a 7-10 day
When it seems reasonable to do so, I use Miracle Grow. I don't apply it
when the days are too hot or too humid. I try to apply any water, with or
without supplement, in the early morning. All above activities are accomplished
with OJO. (On job observations?)
For me, this is all accomplished more smoothly when the beds are prepared
the fall before.
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---If you don't cross them, you can't
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