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Re: HYB:Rebloomers

Hello John,

I have chosen to go for Rebloomers precisely for the reasons you are giving!

I was SO FURIOUS not to see the so-called rebloomers do anything and just fail
me all the time that i have decided to beat them at their own game!

With the help of the reliable ones, such as Low Ho Silver, Angel Heart,
Forever Blue,  Midsummer's eve, Charabia, What Again, Immortality, Starship,
I'll be Back, I'm Back, Champagne encore, Hot, Frankincense, Cry Baby, Eternal
Bliss, Buckweat, Violet Music, Elegant Lass, Rave Review, Altar Fire, Zia Ida,
Lenora Pearl, Blessed Again, Concoction, Bonus, Candy walk, Honey Glazed,
Autumn Tangerine, Baby Prince, Bright Eyes, Gypsy Boy, Derive, Best Bet, Blue
Suede Shoes, Breakers, Pink Attraction, Earl of Essex, Renown, Victoria Falls,
Banana Cream, Returning Chameleon, Dark Crystal, Cheeky, Over and Over,
Skyking Returns............. i must stop now, but there are so many here!

It will be long, but i'm sure something good will come out of it.
Even if only ONE  of my seedlings makes it and reblooms in zone 3, i'll be

My biggest issue will be the space, they need time to show their talents, and
more time in the ground means less space for seedling.
We'll see!

By the way, it also makes me furious, when so-called rebloomers,( in fact they
should be called "fall-bloomers" ), refuse to bloom in the spring....but this
is another story....


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: John Bruce
  To: iris@hort.net
  Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 7:34 PM
  Subject: Re: [iris] HYB:Rebloomers

  I can understand why the general gardening public wants reblooming irises.
  Irises are beautiful, and the "ratty, boring" foliage one has to look at all
  summer and fall is easily justified with rebloom. Again, this is speaking
  for the general gardener. I live in an area where rebloom is sparse even in
  a good year for it when you do all the right things and the weather
  cooperates. I hear many local folks complain about "supposedly a rebloomer"
  or "never rebloomed for me".
  I wonder how many folks are turned away from non-performing irises because
  they think it is just a marketing ploy or that it requires too much work to
  get rebloom? I agree that education about rebloom would counteract much of
  this. It would also help if commercial sellers would not advertise
  everything that reblooms in sunny southern California as a rebloomer,
  because that is a unique climate.

  As a Zone 5 garden and seller of irises I can truthfully say I NEVER list
  anything as a rebloomer. Why? Because I owe it to my customer to deliver
  what is advertised. If I can't count on something to perform for me, I can
  not make a promise to my customer that it will do so for them.

  I am not at all against rebloom. However, as a person who attempts to
  hybridize, I never focus on rebloom. Space is limited, I can't really test
  for the trait in my seedlings, and so I make crosses with my preferences in
  form, vigor and color in mind. If a reblooming parent gets in there it is
  fine, but I never select a parent for that trait. I introduced BLACKMAIL
  last year. It has never even attempted to put up a rebloom stalk for me in
  the 8 years that it was grown here, but a piece that was sent to California
  sent up a fall stalk. I still would never list it as a rbloomer.

  Betty W. lives about 3 hours or so due south of me, and frost hits there
  about 3 weeks after it does here. It does get cold where she is, but the
  length of season allows her to work with rebloom. Irises may indeed need to
  move in the direction of rebloom to remain relevant to more than just
  collectors, but keep in mind that there is still about 25% of the geography
  and population who live where a ***LOT*** of work will have to be done to
  make REbloom a relevant feature in irises :)

  No feathers ruffled, just a different perspective.
  John Bruce

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