Re: Iris breeding
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- Subject: Re: Iris breeding
- From: Tom Tadfor Little <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 6 Feb 1997 10:31:38 -0700 (MST)
:I read in the AIS Bulletin that there are from 800 to 900 registrations
:annually. Do all of these varieties represent improvements over their
:parents or existing varieties? Seems unlikely. In fact, comparing
:pictures from THE WORLD OF IRISES (1978?) with pictures of today's
:varieties, I can see no overall improvement, if anything just some slight
:refinements. In other words, for TBs at least, not much to show for 20
:years of development.
I agree thoroughly. I was out of the iris world between 1983 and 1993. The
only thing I noticed on returning was that the rebloomers were more
attractive. Everything else was the same.
:Can we conclude that breeders are catering to
:collectors and not to the general gardener?
:Is this a result of economic
:forces; are collectors the main buyers of iris rhizomes?
:The future for irises seems to lie in the more gardenable forms like
:Louisianas and Siberians and perhaps the new things being developed from
That's the present. The future is that the beardless irises will be bred
into stagnation like the TBs have been.
:Is the era of the TB over?
They will always be popular garden plants, especially the tried-and-true
ones. But the era of TB *improvement* has definitely run its course. When
Cooley's gets that genetically engineered red, there'll be some excitement,
The TBs are the result of taking genes from a very small handful of species
and rearranging them ad infinitum. The first umpteen thousand
rearrangements were interesting. Now it's re-run season.
Pardon my cynicism, folks!
Happy irising, Tom.
Tom Tadfor Little telp@Rt66.com
Iris-L list owner * USDA zone 5/6 * AIS region 23
Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)
Telperion Productions http://www.rt66.com/~telp/