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RE: HYB: beginners luck

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: HYB: beginners luck
  • From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 07:56:20 -0600 (MDT)

Sandy did a few TB-SDB crosses last year.  If I recall correctly, about
half the crosses produced seed and then half again germinated.
Fertility is a significant factor.  Some varieties are only pollen or
pod fertile.  Also, some varieties are fertile only under certain
conditions.  Weather can be a significant factor.  Terry Aitken
discusses this briefly in his article for the CIS newsletter (that I
just read last night).

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4) -- where I brought Twist of Fate, Dakota Moon,
Gay Parasol, Thrice Blessed (SDB), Coquette Doll (SDB), Surpise Orange
(MDB) and a light blue SDB seedling to the Ottawa Horticultural Society
auction and generated $92.

> ----------
> From: 	John I. Jones[SMTP:jijones@ix.netcom.com]
> Reply To: 	iris-l@rt66.com
> Sent: 	Monday, May 25, 1998 10:59 PM
> To: 	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: 	Re: HYB: beginners luck
> Dennis Kramb wrote:
> > 
> > What kind of success rate do you pros have?  I expected nearly every
> cross
> > to be successful.  I don't know where the blame lies.....with myself
> for
> > not doing it properly....or with the cultivars for being infertile.
> > 
> Well I am certainly not a pro, but this year I think I am hitting
> about 70%.
> TB X TB though, not anything difficult. Now all I have to learn is how
> to get
> them to sprout ( 0% last year...)
> John                     | "There be dragons here"
>                          |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
>                          |  to indicate the edge of the known world.
> John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
> Fremont, California, USA, Earth, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
> Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
> Heavy clay base for my raised beds.
> There are currently 83 Iris pictures on my Website. Visit me at:
> http://members.home.net/jijones

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