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HYB:Progress in Reblooming Irises

  • Subject: HYB:Progress in Reblooming Irises
  • From: "wmoores" <wmoores@watervalley.net>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2002 11:19:28 -0600
  • Priority: normal

> Sorry, but your remark reminded me of some comments I ran into as a new
> hybridizer . . .  "You're breeding rebloomers?  Ha! Ha! Ha!  Well, good
> luck. 
>  You're sure going to need it!  Ha! Ha! Ha!"  
> Betty Wilkerson (a true believer . . . like you can't tell).  FROM BG KY
> USA Zone 6 

    What I hear still to this day regarding rebloomers is, "They 
never rebloom for me, so I don't grow them."  When irisarians
of 'some repute' say this at sales or other venues where one could 
make a convert, it does nothing to further the cause and always rubs 
me the wrong way.

   The reason for the "They never rebloom for me statement . . ." is 
that these defamers place reported/registered rebloomers in regular 
iris beds and do nothing to help the plants to express their 
reblooming ability - no enriched soil, extra water, extra fertilizer, 
afternoon shade in some locations, etc.    Basically, with these 
people,  the regular bearded and  rebloomers are just forgotten about 
the rest of the season until they are dug for the sale and we hear 
again, "They never rebloom for me . .[that is why I am getting rid of 
them] ."  The 'poor' rebloomers [good ones, too] never had a chance.

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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