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Re: Re: HYB: pods, seedlings

Linda -- I have reached my space limit here. Bob Van Liere, who, with his lovely wife, visited here in June, knows whereof I speak. I had very good success with crosses this year, but deliberately limited my hybridizing. For that matter, I was too pressed by work resulting from the early sprouting of seeds and the early and extended bloom season to do much more than that, anyhow. For the first 3/4 of the bloom season, there were hardly any bee pods here; then, in the last few weeks, they cropped up everywhere. I decided not to harvest them because of space and time limitations, but couldn't resist opening them. Virtually all were empty. That being the case, I will plant the seeds from the few that did produce.

Interestingly, there was about a week in the middle of bloom season when no crosses were achieved. I can only attribute it to something strange in the weather, since several of the varieties have been prolific parents before.

If IMMORTALITY doesn't live up to its name, we'll know it's not your ault. -- Griff

----- Original Message ----- From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@lock-net.com>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 7:46 AM
Subject: [iris] Re: HYB: pods, seedlings

Griff, are you having as much trouble as I am with getting way more
pods, seeds, and seedlings than you can handle?

I had such poor success with setting pods and germinating seeds for so
many years, that I'm making <way> too many crosses.  Success rate has
been <much> higher the last couple of years.  Wound up with mature seeds
from 20 different crosses on IMMORTALITY alone this year.  Not to
mention the seven pods on three stalks of the unknown very late

I would use a more unkind adjective that "wierd" to describe the weather
this summer.  :-(  I keep reminding myself that it could be worse....

<.... because I was still setting
                       out seedlings.  That's finally done, as of
yesterday.  Should have had them
                       done by early June, but weather was weird.  --

Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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