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Re: HYB: Planning crosses

From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>

Hi Donald
I do save pollen throughout the year and find that it is often viable the
following season. This enable me to use pollen from rebloomers etc on
anything I want or cross earlies with lates. I use small laboratory flip-top
tubes, commonly called "eppendorf tubes" avail from many laboratory supply
company. I label these with a stick-on paper tag as I collect the pollen. I
remove the whole stamens and put them in the tube. I use about 5 different
racks for the tubes, one for seedlings, yellow/white, pink/orange,
blue/purple and other colours. I then stack the racks in a large airtight
staorage container in the fridge. In the bottom of the tub I sprinkle milk
powder as a dessicant. I leave the caps off the tubes for a few weeks until
the stigma ia  completely dry, then the cap can be flipped on. I'm not sure
if the pollen would store better in the freezer, I haven't tried. Another
adventage, when you have a large garden as we do, is that it saves a lot of
running around, as I collect and pollinate as I move from one part to

Colleen Modra in South Aust, where we're still having a very mild spring,
but the TBs are on their last few weeks and I'm on a plane off to Perth for
another week. I wish there was enought money in irises to pay the mortgage
as I hate leaving the garden in bloom season.

-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Eaves <donald@eastland.net>
To: iris-talk@onelist.com <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Date: Saturday, 13 November 1999 11:36
Subject: [iris-talk] HYB: Planning crosses

>From: "Donald Eaves" <donald@eastland.net>
>Hello Folks,
>All those seeds to plant!  Made me think about planned crosses.
>Since I am interested more in using the aril family in making
>crosses, I wondered how on earth to make plans.  They tended
>to bloom earlier than the TBs so how is one to manage the
>aril x TB?   Save pollen from one season to the next?  Or just
>plan on making the TB x aril and let the pod parent remain
>primarily in the TB category.  This last year I only managed to
>get a pod set on one 1/4 aril, so any resulting seedlings I grow
>will be TB by class.  This was true of nearly all the seeds I
>ended with.  I have very few seeds which would produce a plant
>which would fall into the 1/4 arilbred class, but nearly all I have
>would be 1/8.

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