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Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • Subject: Re: International Seed Exchange???
  • From: Robert Pries <robertpries@embarqmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:52:18 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Mark:  You have a splendid idea. I have been thinking along the same lines for some time now. My current focus has been revitalizing the Dwarf Iris Society. I have already proposed a seed exchange that we expect to start this fall in DIS. Of course SIGNA, the Aril Society International, The Pacific Coast Natives and the Median Society all have seed exchanges for their members. As a board member of AIS and chair of Public relations and marketing I have also considered the possibility for AIS to create something like this. Presently I am overwhelmed with tasks. The Iris Encyclopedia still absorbs a huge amount of my time. I am tremendously thankful for the 370 users that also work on it. Together we either have about 57% or 75% of it complete depending on how you measure. But there are so many people already stressed it seems unlikely that another new seed exchange we happen soon. It would take several volunteers. Do I hear any interest?

----- Original Message -----
G'day all,

I've had this idea in my head for a while and thought I'd put it out there
to hear what other people think.

I'm a keen Australian hybridizer, but suffer the following problems:

   - Enough space to grow out seedlings.
   - Growing only one or two rhizomes of cultivars due to space
   restrictions means planned crosses are dependant on whether the chosen
   parents flower at the same time.
   - Access to desirable cultivars produced overseas is limited to what
   local iris nurseries import and it also takes years for them to build up
   stock numbers to sell locally.
   - Purchasing desirable cultivars direct from overseas is not possible
   due to local quarantine restrictions.

The one positive I have is that I am able to import iris seed from overseas
that is clean and correctly labelled as per local quarantine restrictions.

Therefore, I was thinking could there be a site where iris
hybridizers could list all the iris they grow (name, hybridizer and year of
introduction). Other hybridizers could look at the lists and request
crosses to be made on their behalf. Again, this would depend on whether the
requested parents flowered at the same time, weather etc, but may give
hybridizers access to cultivars and bloodlines that were not available to
them otherwise.
Hybridizer receiving seed would have to make the hybridizer supplying the
seed aware of all local quarantine restrictions so no-one is doing anything

Would be interested to hear what other hybridizers think.


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