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Re: Re: CULT: Letting plant go to seed


I agree. Making pollen and setting seed are both very energy expensive for a
plant. Barry Blyth told me years ago never to let a plant set pod if it
wasstruggling. Certainly there have been times when my desire to get
offspring has taken over. I've got one or two pods and lost the plant. eg
Have some Hello Darkness seedlings but no Hello Darkness.

Colleen Modra
South Australia
----- Original Message -----
From: <RYFigge@aol.com>
To: <iris-talk@egroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2000 1:35 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Letting plant go to seed

> Dear Folks, I don't think I agree with the idea that it doesn't matter to
> that plant.. That rhizome that is supporting that  seed pod stalk is the
> rhizome that is giving birth (you can see where that word comes from -
> visited my newest great-grandson - 2 weeks old) -to the  future stalks for
> next year, if it has increases -- and it needs energy to make these
> successful -- or to promote increases if there are none.  Does that make
> sense? Or not? Jump in and lets have opinions.
> Also! Why bother to nurture a seedpod when you can make your own by
> hybridizing two irises that you admire - Sometime in the past I heard
> Sterling Innerst give a talk on  this - it was very convincing that it was
> waste of time, energy, and above all space, to  bother with seedpods.  Of
> course, if you have acres and a gambling instinct, that is a good excuse.
> There are always exceptions, but rarely is there a breakfthrough without
> controlled parentage.  When I hear some of the "news" I think the human
> could learn a lesson about genes!  OOps!  - Love sort of enters into that
> whirlpool, luckily we don;t have to worry about that affecting irises. I'd
> better give up science and philosophy and do some housework! Ugh!  Rosalie
> Baltimore        zone 7          ryfigge@aol.com

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