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Re: Fw: Hyb Registered Rebloomers

Working hard to advance qualities in rebloomers, we try not to adhere to the "yes, but it reblooms" mind set. Seedling patch is looking really exciting, many new colors and form improvements. I remember 15 years ago phrases like "not bad for a rebloomer" or "nothing new, but it reblooms", those utterances seem to have faded over the past several years, now its just "Wow" or "that's cool, and it reblooms too?!". For me to introduce an iris, it has to been as good as if not better than any spring bloomer slated for introduction. Rebloom is always a consideration in the selection process for us, if there are two similar flowers being considered for introduction and one reblooms but the other doesn't...the spring only bloomer goes to the compost heap.
Mike Sutton
----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Archer" <pharcher@mindspring.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 6:54 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] Fw: Hyb Registered Rebloomers

It could also be (as is in my case) that the quality of rebloomers I am getting doesn't come close to comparing favorably to the Spring bloom plants in the quality of flower characteristics. The standard has been set quite high in these past few years for Spring bloomer Intros. Also the quest for better rebloom characteristics is under more scrutiny. Rebloom is not as rare as it used to be.

Just because a seedling reblooms on a decent plant is not reason enough to introduce it... in my opinion and perhaps in others' minds as well. Shouldn't it be?

Paul Archer
Raleigh, NC  Zone 7

-----Original Message-----
From: loic tasquier <tasquierloic@cs.com>
Sent: Feb 5, 2008 2:59 AM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: [iris] Fw: Hyb Registered Rebloomers

Bad news for the Rebloomers and for their Fans...

Each year i go through the Registrations of the year, and count the irises
registered as Rebloomers...
Here is the table with the results:  year reblomers total
     2001 55 964
     2002 54 1051
     2003 52 1031
     2004 46 1052
     2005 43 1268
     2006 39 1152
     2007 39 1193

The more irises that are registered, the less rebloomers there seems to be
among them.
I find these figures quite depressing...

Unless breeders are so impatient to register them they don't take enough time
to wait for proof of rebloom,  or maybe they just don't bother signal it:
there are many irises that have good rebloom potential considering the
parents, and might be rebloomers finally....one can hope...!

There is also the fact that a great number of irises come from cold climates
now, and might not have a chance to rebloom there.
They might show rebloom with warmer and longer Autumns.......one can

Voil`, food for thought, and maybe an incentive for all daubers, to have a go,
and give a chance to some RE X RE crosses....one can dream and hope !


who, like Betty, could die (or kill...) for a repeat, cycle & everblooming /
continuous / non-daylight dependant  rebloomer!
    zone 7 - Nederland
Email : tasquierloic@cs.com

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