In a message dated 6/3/2006 7:17:30 P.M. Central Standard Time,
<<Study your seedlings and study their
parents. If the seedling is not
an improvement over the parents, the world doesn’t need
Maybe this depends a lot on an
individual's definition of improvement! It is something I've heard since I
started hybridizing so it's been around for awhile.
This is a really good rule to keep in
mind when breeding for more ruffled blues,
etc. But there are
several situations where it doesn't necessarily hold true.
1) Checking your seedling
against it's parents is of no value if the parents are inferior to others of
their class. Start with the best you can afford. But know that if
you start with 30 year old blue irises, it is highly unlikely you will produce
anything that outshines those that are currently "top of the line."
Breeders of these beauties are already 6-10 years beyond them when they are
2) Goals. . . and I guess this
speaks more to the definition of improvement! Many hybridizers are not
looking for more ruffles or more lace etc. There are many worthwhile goals
such as improved branching, bud count, bloom sequence, better substance,
Example: ANOTHER BRIDGE X
ENCHANTER. Another Bridge is one of my rebloomers which was introduced in
2005. Enchanter is an awesome iris (my opinion) by Barry Blyth.
It's sibling Dignity Dancer has been known to rebloom in warm climates, also
it's parent Louisa's Song. It is not within my expectations for the
children of this cross to have better form or pattern than Enchanter. But
I can assure you that should I get children with the rebloom ability of AB that
is half way between on form, I will introduce them!