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Re: Re :HYB;Maternal Effect

I agree. Also there can be many other factors that can make one seedling look stronger than another.
Earlier germination
More nutrients available to it
More light
General growing condition

I have had some seedlings that were extremely weak, only 4" tall. None of those live the next year after lining out. Some seedlings fairly stronger the first year. After they bloom they seem to loose vigor.

I think of seedlings as babies. All babies need pampering. In their genetics they are told to grow grow grow. All babies have this in them. Probably why bloom can change after first year bloom. The plant is not done maturing.

At the time seedling are young it is not a good time to judge their vigor or to put them under stress to climate weak ones.

My method of pushing and babying seedlings http://home.cinci.rr.com/irisinohio/tipps.htm

Mike Greenfield

----- Original Message ----- From: <irischapman@aim.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 11:32 PM
Subject: [iris] Re :HYB;Maternal Effect

This means tht it is not a good ideas to judge strength of seedling too soon, as you may not be judging plant, but the seed it germinated from.

Chuck Chapman

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