HYB: Blyth Iris
Linda Mann wrote:
> Like Rusty, also wondering about Barry Blyth's 'slightly different
> approach' that Kathy Guest mentioned.
I'd rather let Kathy explain what she meant by 'slightly different
approach', but Barry Blyth's program incorporates several things we've be=
1. A long-term plan. Far beyond the scope of this list. Please see=
Barry's own articles in back AIS Bulletins.
2. Line-breeding. For example, his line of pink amoeas.
3. Heavy use of stock descended from European diploids. "Should"
result in cold-hardiness.
4. Use of parallel lines. Many of his color breakthroughs have come=
from crosses between his line of recessive amoenas and his line of domina=
amoenas. This maintains a more diverse gene pool than straight
5. Nested recessives. I'm not sure when he started deliberately
seeking these out -- I think he started by capitalizing on the ones he
Blyth iris are among the best performing TBs here in southern New Mexico,=
but that's just one reason I've used them so heavily in my own program. =
The genes they carry from the recessive amoenas seem to be key to getting=
aril traits to come through. =