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Re: ROSEMOHR's growing family

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] ROSEMOHR's growing family
  • From: "Francesca Thoolen" arilpums@comcast.net
  • Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 10:24:01 -0700

Donald, It looks like Rosemohr X Esther, the Queen was a good cross in that indeed it improved the next generation. It looks like Rosemohr was dominant in passing on its coloring and Esther the Queen passed on it broader width which is what was needed. It would be good to retain them one more year and judge them once more but I think you should use the best of the group to continue selection in the next generation. As you have them in the file I particularly like the middle one in the top row and the left one in the lower row. It would also be nice to get the signal back in, which is possible using these two together for another generation.
My two cents worth ...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2005 9:23 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] ROSEMOHR's growing family

I was browsing some iris site and saw where Ben Hager said "cross beautiful
with beautiful" and someone else said cross "what you like with something
else you like" (both paraphrased from memory and I can't remember what
webpage).  This has been the most fun to grow of my crosses.  Not the best
end results, but the most interesting.  I guess I didn't follow the sound
advice above either.  I don't much care for ROSEMOHR.  ESTHER, THE QUEEN is
nice, but old R shows her age and, for all that I like a great many old
historics,  R just doesn't do much for me.  I do find her ancestry
interesting so I followed through with the cross.  There really is a lot to
be said for the resulting seedlings, though.  They are more appealing than
Mom - to a one.  They have all had two branches and up to seven buds except
for the fleshy pinkish one, and that's not bad for an arilbred.  They
produce pollen.  I have seedlings up this year from pollen on the middle top
row with FRIENDSHIP.  I had a pod with seeds from the same one but no
germination.  I have a pod on the bottom row right (hopefully won't be a
balloon).  The best plant overall so far is the middle bottom.  No snaking
and the tightest bloom of the bunch.  Just looked good growing.  Time will
tell if they will lead to anything, but the branching is worth working with
to find out.  All in all, just a lot of fun.  The family should continue to
grow for a while.  There are still siblings that haven't bloomed.  Tough
conditions and some neglect while they were little tykes probably has
delayed seeing more.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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