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Hyb: Garbage seedlings?

I drug this over from iris-photos so more people can follow, I know 
not everybody gets iris-photos.  The discussion is about 
keeping "garbage" seedlings

I should keep them 2 years?

Oh my goodness, now I think I'm really scared.  I do not see me 
keeping all of my seedlings for 2 years.  I'm crazy, but not that 
crazy.   That would put me over 5000 this summer.  I know that there 
are a lot of discards, but how do you decide what to trash?  I would 
have thought that the better seedlings would usually get better as 
well as their homely siblings  (though I've certainly heard of the 
seedlings that look great and then are duds after that.)  I guess I 
was thinking that keeping the best of the seedlings with interesting 
patterns would be a reasonable approach.  Now I'm wondering if I will 
be tossing the good ones just because they aren't happy the first 

When you do cull fist year seedlings what do some of you look for?

Robin Shadlow
zone 5 NE

basking in balmy 30's in Jan

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