Re: Fw: Hyb Registered Rebloomers
Paul -- I think that you, Mike Sutton and others have it right -- the
time when an iris could be introduced just because it rebloomed is long
past. Still, I think that it might be counterproductive to hold rebloomers
to all the same standards as oncers. Bud count is one such standard. If
the rationale for "requiring" 7 or more buds on a stalk is the length of
time that the grower gets to enjoy the bloom, then might not the fact that
it blooms twice or more during the year offset a smaller bud count?
As regards the question of where rebloomers are and aren't hardy, I can say
this: I only began hybridizing deliberately for rebloom after I happened to
get reblooming seedlings from crosses involving advertised rebloomers that
never rebloomed here. That experience demonstrated to me that genes carry
powers of improvement of which I had been unaware. Similarly -- a topic
about which we've often talked -- the matter of whether one should acquire
irises, rebloomers or not, that have a reputation of not surviving in one's
zone. My response, as a hybridizer, is yes. If the cultivar seems to have
something in it that you'd like to incorporate in your breeding, do it.
Example: My third planting of BEST BET over a period of a dozen years or so
has just expired, once again. But I and others have introduced vigorous,
hardy seedlings from that pretty rebloomer. So, I don't regret the few
dollars spent or the care given. The desired genes have been captured and
passed on. -- Griff
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Archer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 9:54 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?
Raleigh, NC Zone 7
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