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Re: mesopotamica influence (was REB: PERFUME COUNTER)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: mesopotamica influence (was REB: PERFUME COUNTER)
  • From: "Juri Pirogov" <jukp@aha.ru>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 00:20:07 -0700 (MST)

> >Lloyd, if you knew the percentage of mesopotamica influence in a given
> >introduction, at what level of influence would you expect it to fail in
> >this region?
> >
> >Linda Mann east Tennessee USA
> Dear Linda: Only a guess, but I would be concerned if 25% of the ancestry
> contained I.mesopotamica. If it were 50% I would probably never use it as
> parent. Farther north, I wanted those varieties that seemed to go
> completely dormant in the fall, showing a lot of very small leaves,
> suggesting I variegata and possibly I pallida. Those that try to grow all
> winter were anathema. However, in North Carolina, such varieties might
> some success, - and I speak of the piedmont area, not the mountains. But
> still want the iris to go nearly dormant in the fall, out of habit. And I
> do like to use the hardy Eastern rebloomers to cross with the arilbreds.
> They too like to grow all winter and estivate all summer, like I
> mesopotamica. The hardy rebloomers, hopefully, will help keep down their
> winter growth, and stimulate the summer growth.
>    Here I am using the TB RE as the pod parent, so may be disappointed
> awhile in regard to the appearnace of aril characteristics in the
> seedlings.  Lloyd Zurbrigg in Durham NC, 

One of the most remarkable iris in my garden is BLUE CHIP PINK. Unlike most
other irises here it go sleep in early September. I think it is very
promising here.

Do you know, what is the percentage of I.mesopotamica in its ancestry?
And how do it in other regions?

Moscow, Russia

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