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Re: HYB:REB:Report


Hi,

Do you do anything special to promote the rebloom?

Char, New Berlin WI Region 8
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From: <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2003 10:00 AM
Subject: [iris]HYB:REB:Report


> This report refers back to recent discussions on INNOCENT STAR crosses.
>
> 1510: INNOCENT STAR x RADIANT BLISS (not introduced yet) (EARL OF ESSEX x
HOT
> STREAK).
>
> Last year this seedling poroduced a stalk in July (2002), two stalks this
> spring, and has two stalks now (2003). (single clump) The first stalk
should have
> the terminal bloom open today so we can say that it is also reblooming in
> July this year! RADIANT BLISS reblooms well, but later in the year. (Again
IS has
> not rebloomed for me.)
>
> In an effort to intensify the yellow, this spring, I crossed it onto LEMON
> REFLECTION, a good pale yellow rebloomer from Dr. Raymond Smith.  LR has
> excellent branching and bud count with good form. (I reported this cross
incorrectly
> earlier in the year . . . as LR X RB.)  I harvested 3 of the 6 pods this
> morning, and collected 115 seed.  I can expect over 200 seed in total.
>
> Since these seedlings will be 1/4 INNOCENT STAR, and 3/4 cyclic rebloomer
in
> my region, I am wondering how many, if any, of the seedlings will have
July
> bloom.  I plan to give this cross special attention as I am eager to see
the
> results. I will dig a trench to bury the bottom 1/2 of the pots, and cover
the
> pots in leaves.  I've had my best germination rates with this method, but
have
> been unable to use the process in recent years.
>
> Betty W. in South-central KY zone 6 (anxiously awaits the 2005 bloom
season!)
>
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