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Re: Breeding Blacks was iris DIGEST V1 #1460
  • Subject: Re: Breeding Blacks was iris DIGEST V1 #1460
  • From: Chuck Chapman <irischapman@aim.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:53:37 -0400 (EDT)

All Night Long has Hollywood Nights as pod parent. Celtic Fire has Hollywood Nights as pollen parent. So it can work.

Black is a combination of blue anthocyanin, Ae anthocyanin enhancement) and either a deep yellow or intense pink or orange. So you can get a lot of good blacks crossing a black to an intense yellow (done that, got blacks) or to an intense orange. I have found pink under black iris, but haven't made any crosses to pink. All the black, or near black with red beards have either orange or pink under them. as attested to by red beard. So as long as you have the three key components together, you will get black.

Chuck Chapman

-----Original Message-----
From: chad schroter <charlesschroter@yahoo.com>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Mon, Jun 18, 2012 12:05 pm
Subject: Re: [iris] iris DIGEST V1 #1460

Steve, I can only offer some negative advice :). All crosses I have tried to All Night Long or Hollywood Nights have not taken; which is a shame since I think they have some of the best flower form. When crossing Blacks
(similar to pinks), out crosses to other tones will rarely result in any
blacks (or pinks).

Midnight Oil was probably the darkest I have grown. It
blooms late for me and the flowers tended to burn up in the heat, probably because of the color. Make sure whatever cv you try are going to be in sync
bloom time wise with your other Iris.

Chad   Zone 9b

Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: TB suggestions -

Maybe some of the blacks from SUPERSTITION?  I just got a few of
last year, can't evaluate them for you, thanks to weather this spring.

Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7b

On 6/15/2012 6:44 PM, Steve mahlberg
Hi all! I've started dabbling with black irises and have a few cool
seedlings from a cross using Hello Darkness.
Does anyone have any recent
hybrids or established more recent TB black iris they'd be willing to share or suggest I introduce into my program to help with branching and flower size?

Steve M. Zone 4b neMN

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