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TB: Pries, buds, hybridizin'

  • Subject: [PHOTO] [iris-photos] TB: Pries, buds, hybridizin'
  • From: oneofcultivars@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 18:06:50 EST

Pries mentioned earlier on this list or another the relationship between stalk production and buds. And the point is well made.

On another list, there is some discussion and lament as to whether anything is left for today's hybridizers to do.

The biomass of the blooms produced over time by a given rhizome is a better measure of production than the number of buds on a single stalk.  Unless one wishes to look at only a stalk or two in a season. Even the venerable Lemon Chess with it's excellent increase and multi socketed branched stalks does not keep up with the bullet proof bearded irises below that thrive on neglect when it comes to bloom production. Most of the stalks in the photos below have about three buds per stalk. Not one of the modern hybrids growing here come close in ability "keeping up". Yesterday's and present day established hybridizers, though heroes they be, have left much on the table those yet to come may chase for at least another thousand years.


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Bill Burleson

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