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Re: CULT: Bearded iris myths
  • Subject: Re: CULT: Bearded iris myths
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 07:49:55 -0500 (EST)

Is there a chapter, or partial chapter, on hybridizing myths?  Some people
seem to think that you have to seal the stigmatic lip after placing pollen
behind it. (Not) Others state that one grain of pollen produces the entire

Another myth--if a pod gets broken off you have to throw it away because it's
not mature.   I've seedlings growing in my garden that came from pods that
rotted off after three weeks.  It produced many full term seedlings.

<<I'm working on a book on bearded irises>>

Many things are done due to habit rather than necessity.

Betty Wilkerson
Bridge In Time Iris Garden
Zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly D. Norris <kellydn@frontiernet.net>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 4:36 pm
Subject: [iris] CULT: Bearded iris myths

Hello all,

Some of you may know that I'm working on a book on bearded irises for Timber
ress (due out in April 2012).  One of the chapters I've always wanted to
rite is the "myths" behind growing bearded irises.  We've all heard them or
een but on the spot with them at a question/answer booth or during a
resentation.  I'm looking to collect a "top 10" of sorts, but despite
earing these for years and years, I feel like I'm coming up short with my

So here's the question-what do you consider the top myths behind growing
earded irises?  I posted this same question on our Facebook page too
Rainbow Iris Farm: http://www.facebook.com/rainbowirisfarm).

Thanks for any help and suggestions!  Happy 2011!


Kelly D. Norris
Farm Manager, Rainbow Iris Farm
Editor, Irises: The Bulletin of the American Iris Society
Bedford & Ames, IA
Zone 4b/5a
Read my blog at:  <http://www.kellydnorris.com/> http://www.kellydnorris.com
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