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Re: HYB:Crossing humor (sorta)

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos]HYB:Crossing humor (sorta)
  • From: "jgcrump" jgcrump@erols.com
  • Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:34:21 -0400

Betty  --  A perhaps unexpected answer to the question your listener posed would be, "Not entirely."  Faced with the prospect of losing a pod on an iris growing in a location too exposed to various dangers, such as small boys with sticks passing by, mowing crews, etc., I have several times carefully dug a pod-bearing iris and moved it either to a pot or to another, more protected location.  The key, of course, is to move it in a large enough ball of dirt that it doesn't seriously disturb the roots.  Ordinarily, this can be effected by making a deep cut in the ground on one side of the plant with a shovel, then making a matching cut on the other side and lifting the iris on the shovel.  A simple, two-step operation.  Haven't lost one in this way yet.  --  Griff
zone 7 in Virginia
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 11:05 AM
Subject: [iris-photos]HYB:Crossing humor (sorta)

In a message dated 4/28/2005 9:41:38 A.M. Central Standard Time, neilm@charter.net writes:
<<Your question is a very basic and very good one,>>
A few years ago, I was asked how to make crosses while at an iris show.  This was during the time period when judging was in progress and we had some time on our hands. There were several irises in the setup room so I proceeded to demonstrate.
When I was finished I asked for questions!  The question I didn't expect?  "Does the iris you put the pollen on HAVE to stay in the ground?" 

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