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RE: Re: HYB: Using good plants - ala soap box

Well, Walter, I have voted for one of those you listed but, here, is it a
good "doer" as well as being beautiful.  The bottom line to all of this is
that if we encourage hybridizers to introduce iris that are short on buds,
or branching or don't have good growth habits then it is not their fault, it
is ours.  If we don't buy things that only have 5 buds (and consequently
only bloom for a few days instead of two weeks), or things that bloom out,
or fail to increase, then they will not introduce them.  Hybridizers are
business people and if their intros don't sell then they should get the
message.  As long as we, the growers continue to buy iris based on the
flower and nothing else, people will continue to introduce them for the
flower and not worry about the rest.

Dana Brown
AIS Region 17 Judges Training Chairperson
Director TBIS
Malevil Iris Gardens
Lubbock, TX
Zone 7 USDA, Zone 10 Sunset

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net]On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 6:48 AM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] Re: HYB: Using good plants

On 26 May 2003 at 21:11, Ellen Gallagher wrote:

> --- Sterling Okase <sterling_o@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >>> However, I don't often see many plants with an average of 12
> - 15 buds per stalk, TB or otherwise (this is a tetraploid
> median iris, by the way). <<<
> Sterling - why not use this seedling for a few other crosses? I
> don't know what your hybridizing 'goals' are but it seems that
> good form and vigor in a modern bearded iris is a laudable goal
> no matter your ultimate goal.
> Linda Mann said: >>> It all depends on your goals.  To win
> awards, you have to have the best flowers. The best plant won't
> get you anywhere. <<<
    To wit:

    Starship Enterprise, Hello Darkness, Heaven, Santa, Feature
Attraction, etc.

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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