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Re: RE: HYB: Pod Setting

Mary Lou   --  I hope you do have a cross by Jennifer Rebecca  --  and if
so, congratulations!  It is notoriously difficult to make any crosses with
JR in this area, and I have never heard of JR as a pollen parent!  When I
first obtained JR, more than 10 years ago, I got three pods on it in
different crosses, which yielded a total of 14 seedlings, all of which were
heaved and killed in their first winter in the ground (my first planting in
the seedling plots I mentioned in yesterday's message to Al Bullock).

I have tried without success for the last 10 years to get another pod on JR,
including trying to duplicate the earlier successful crosses, and probably
averaging 8 or 9 attempts per year.  I think Don Spoon may have gotten two
during the same period.  Now, this year, I have a verrrrry small pod on JR
by Brave New World, and am keeping my fingers crossed.  Let's both hope for
success.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Swann-Young" <MryL1@msn.com>
To: "iris" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 7:58 PM
Subject: [iris] RE: HYB: Pod Setting

> Griff - I've heard this expressed before. Have not found any basis for it
> so far.  In addition to this, I keep daily records of time of day,
> temperature, humidity, and rainfall and have yet to find any definite
> Some days almost everything takes and I say HAH! high humidity.  Then the
> thing happens a week later when it's dry and in the 80s.  Fresh blooms
> old ones don't.  Fluffy pollen takes, wet doesn't very often.  But when
> everything is striking, some with old blooms or wet pollen work.  Go
> Maybe it's chaos theory?  Then, too the cultivar probably makes a big
> difference.  I have 6 pods on a stalk of Frequent Flyer, and I'll bet you
> dollar they all have seeds.
> BTW, I'll crunch numbers after harvesting seeds, but seems like I have a
> higher percentage of strikes using frozen pollen!  Also, I seem to have a
> strike on Autumn Tryst using Jennifer Rebecca pollen - no bet there
> Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5 - only Finalist yet to bloom.
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