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SPEC: HYB: New Hybrid like PALTEC

  • Subject: SPEC: HYB: New Hybrid like PALTEC
  • From: "tesilvers" <tesilvers@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 06 May 2002 20:01:39 -0000

For several years, I've been trying to recreate the I. tectorum / 
bearded cross (like PALTEC). I've mostly been using diploids  like I. 
pallida, I. cengialtii, I. variegata and some of the diploid MTB's 
(but occassionally tetraploid beardeds also), and both white and blue 
forms of tectorum. I've crossed in both directions with very little 
success in getting seeds at all. The occassional seeds I've grown to 
maturity have turned out to be just selfed tectorums. The last year, 
I tried mixing pollen; using a little bit of known compatible pollen 
with a simultaneous heavy application of pollen from the intended 
male parent. I figured I could weed out the obvious non-hybrids. I 
haven't planted any of these seeds yet, but I'll be getting in gear 
now, because I just found out that a stray seedling from all those 
early attempts is a hybrid after all.

I had reused potting soil like I often do, and a seedling popped up 
that I had assumed was maybe 'Floridor' x 'Consummation'. It had 
leaves that looked like a typical bearded iris (looking at it now, it 
is a little overvigorous maybe). Anyway, whatever I had planted in 
the pot died, and some violets had come up in addition to the iris. 
So I used the violets in some crossing attempts (I hybridize 
everything) and had been overlooking the iris all along. Well at 
lunch today I walked by the flower stalk and noticed the ordinary 
shade of purple flower on the iris but didn't look closely. After 
lunch I went back out to see if the iris might look like what I would 
imagine for 'Floridor' x 'Consummation'. I got goosebumps when I saw 
that the wispy beard that started out on each fall terminated in a 
crest for the last third or fourth of its length. Then I also noticed 
how the standards are open and spreading like the tectorum. So, never 
having grown Paltec, I got out a catalog I had just received with a 
nice closeup. My seedling looks almost identical except for less 
color in the beard/crest and maybe broader petals and style arms. The 
stalk only has two buds. I'll have to run out for film and get some 

So, I know, call me unprofessional because I can't tell you what 
cross produced this seedling. Doesn't it figure. I really should keep 
more organized, but it's so hard when you're trying every cross under 
the sun. I'll definitely have to get Paltec now and try to convert 
these two to amphidiploidy. I'd like to start up a new fertile family 
derived from these wide-cross progeny.

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