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Re: Hybridizers Seedlings (long)

In a message dated 96-11-27 12:57:22 EST, you write:

<< A friend up here in the tundra known as Zone 3, was given some of
 	Currier McEwen's Japanese irises to grow from seed to be sown in
 	the ground in the Fall and also the Spring for evaluation re
 	cold hardiness. This friend is not an AIS judge and is not on
 	any regional tour....there are none here since our bloom season
 	is so late.  >>

Like Currier, many hybridizers, myself included, give excess seeds to people
to grow.  But this is not the same thing as giving one a prize seedling or
candidate for introduction to grow.  We can generate a lot more seeds than we
have space, time and energy to grow.  But, you may be certain, Currier keeps
and grows the seed himself from crosses he thinks have high potential to
produce good, distinctive seedlings.  Still, there have been excellent,
distinctive cultivars registered and introduced from seeds given to
others....usually when a hybridizer gives people his seeds he either tells
the person "if you get anything good, it is yours"...or else the hybridizer
gets an agreement to the effect that nothing grown from the seeds will ever
be registered.  I always tell the person I give seed to that any seedlings
that they get that are good are theirs to do with as they wish.  

Clarence Mahan (who is aware he used the masculine pronoun for generic
application...but thinks he/she is ugly and awkward! :) Am I forgiven?)

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