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Re: HYB: help - breeding non-messy hafts?

  • Subject: Re: HYB: help - breeding non-messy hafts?
  • From: Paul Archer <pharcher@mindspring.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 17:51:50 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

I have a few seedlings out of 'Good Show' that are clean.  'Good Show' itself has clean hafts but tends to have a faint amount of darker veining around the beard and gets intensified in it's seedlings depending on what it is crossed with.  All of the non-hafty ones are in the carotenoid shades, but that is probably because and I wasn't crossing or looking for blues or others.  The one blue I did cross it with was already hafty and didn't like them as plants and they got tossed.  So if you are looking to broaden your color range it might be a good choice as it will throw pure yellows and pure pinks with good form.  Moderately fertile both directions as well.

Paul Archer
Indianapolis, IN  Zone 5

-----Original Message-----
>From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
>Sent: May 3, 2009 11:02 AM
>To: iris@hort.net
>Subject: [iris] HYB: help - breeding non-messy hafts?
>Any of you have experience to share (preferably not theories ;-) ) from 
>breeding out messy hafts?
>So far, I have very limited experience in trying to breed out messy 
>hafts.  What I've observed so far is that the only seedlings that do 
><not> have messy hafts come from survivor parents here that are dark or 
>have dark falls - my DUSKY GRAPE, ROMANTIC EVENING (ok, so it died, but 
>it survived a few years, gave lots of pollen).  Not all of their 
>children have clean hafts, but at least some do.
>When I asked Roger Duncan a few years ago, he said breeding to blacks 
>was a good route to go, but I don't know if that would help lighter 
>colors.  Maybe yellows?
>Has anyone experimented with yellows to try to get very clean hafts? 
>i.e., no white, no dark lines?  Or lighter colors of purple or blue?  I 
>have some seedlings coming along from ABOVE THE CLOUDS, which I <think> 
>has very clean hafts (anybody have a fall available to examine?), but 
>very few have bloomed yet.  So far, they have not been clean.
>Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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