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Re: HYB: Ring Around Rosie seedlings - Francelle

  • Subject: Re: HYB: Ring Around Rosie seedlings - Francelle
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 12:41:35 -0700

The majority (so far) of my RAR seedlings are 33 - 38 inches tall.  Just one so far was about 30 inches tall. I would encourage you to try using RAR once more.  It sounds as if there ARE some crosses that will result in shorter stalks, but not all crosses. Maybe - - (a suggestion here) try something other than a plicata, and see if results of the seedlings stalks are taller.
Your Epicenter seedlings could carry that rebloom gene (as my Epicenter seedlings may). I have heard that Epicenter has rebloomed in some parts of the country, however it has never rebloomed for me.
So...........given that, consider this: if the seedlings do not rebloom for you then maybe they will rebloom in other areas of the country where Epicenter tends to rebloom. 
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
----- Original Message -----
From: Francelle
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 7:19 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: Ring Around Rosie seedlings

Margie, I am enjoying the pictures of your Epicenter seedlings. Several
years ago I crossed Ring Around Rosie with Epicenter and got some really
weird things, huge brown luminata-plicata blossoms on about fifteen inch
stalks. When I read a message from Rick Ernst that one would never get a
good first generation seedling from RAR because they all grow too short, I
really believed him. Since then I have heard of other people getting good
ones. That is interesting.

One of my Wearing Rubies X Epicenter seedlings is blooming already, making
food for birds. I'm going to try to protect some of it to see what it looks
like this year. I understand that there is rebloom possibility there.

Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9

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