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Re: HYB:Germination and rebloom

In a message dated 2/20/2007 12:39:46 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
CEMahan@aol.com writes:

<<My reblooming irises have normally been planted in separate  beds from once 
blooming irises. The superior vigor of the rebloomers  as a class has always 
been  apparent.>>
Clarence, I'm guessing that most breeders introduce only their best.   
Hopefully, they are the cream of the crop.  The ones that lack increase or  other 
forms of vigor never make the open market.  
People that choose to breed rebloomers should know that the seedling patch  
will have just as many bad seedlings as any other type of iris breeding.  
More sharing of information.  In 1996 I planted the strongest of the  
seedlings from 1995.  None had bloomed when I decided to move in  1998.  After 
attempting to leave the irises behind, I rushed out and dug my  favorites of the 
earlier seedling beds and the strongest (1-5 per) in each of 27  crosses from 
1995.  (sight unseen)  Most rebloomed some.   Three have been introduced!  
Several others have been used in  breeding.  
Wonder how many of the remaining seedlings would have rebloomed even though  
they weren't as strong?  Sometimes, when space or time is limited,  I ONLY 
plant the strongest in a cross.  I just don't see those pretty  weak ones much of 
the time!  
Just thought I'd pass that along.  

Betty W.  in South-central KY Zone 6 ---If you don't cross them, you can't 
plant them!  
Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:
Where the seeds are in the pots once  again! 
_Reblooming Iris - Home Page_ (http://www.rebloomingiris.com/)  
_iris-photos archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-photos/)  
_iris-talk archives_ (http://www.hort.net/lists/iris-talk/)  
_AIS: American Iris Society website_ (http://www.irises.org/)   

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