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RE: HYB: Who's your daddy?

  • Subject: RE: [iris-talk] HYB: Who's your daddy?
  • From: John Reeds <jreeds@microsensors.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 11:03:10 -0700


Logically, the pollen from cross #1 probably got there first.  I do not
think it impossible that cross #2 pollen might have arrived in time for some
of the developing seeds to be #2 babies, but a few days later it is probably
less likely.  I always have best luck with takes on "first morning open"
pollination.  On hot days, I have been known to (brutally!) rip a flower
open to pollinate it before leaving for work, so it won't be drying out
before I get home.  Certainly a mixed crop is possible for fraternal twins,
but if the delay is too long before the second pollination, it may be too

John Reeds

> From: 	pinkirises[SMTP:pbrooks@whidbey.net]
> A couple of times, I have put a cross on a bloom, then noticed that I 
> have it marked with a previous cross (having dropped to the bottom of 
> the flower's stem, so not all that careless.)  Question:  If #1 took, 
> will #2 be rejected?  If #1 didn't take, can #2 succeed?  And this is 
> the dumb part -- there being three stigmatic lips, is there any 
> possibility that pollen on one will go down its little channel to 
> fertilize, and the other fertilize down its little shoot?
> In short, are plants the same as people -- if you're pregnant, you're 
> not open to newcomers?  But if you're promiscuous, you may not know 
> till the little critter arrives who its daddy is?  If then?
> I have such a cross, which was an important one to me and produced 
> the most babies, so the question is not in the abstract.
> Patricia Brooks
> Whidbey Island, WA

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