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HIST: breeding historic type Iris

> <<I would like to breed the historic type "German Iris" most seem to be
> diploid intermediates that do well in a cold wet climate. I wanted to
> obtain an iris variety that reliably sets seed can you recommend one for
> this area?  Is there someone else breeding cold weather iris? >>

Folks, I recently received the above query. I grow historic irises but have 
not paid much attention to their potential as contemporary breeders. Does 
anyone have any thoughts/advice for this irisarian?  

Sincere thanks,
Dorothy Stiefel
HIPS NE Director
Spencer, NY (Zone 4/5)

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