Ah...the dilemma. It is a beautiful seedling, one I would be proud to grow. So, commercially yes, it should be introduced. However, the bud thing bothers me as well. The reason 7 buds are required is so that a clump will stay in bloom for 2 weeks. The number one criticism that I hear about our favorite flower is that they bloom for such a short time. If we start/continue the practise of introducing, and propogating iris that only have 5, or fewer, buds and will not stay in bloom for two weeks then we are shooting ourselves in the foot.
I grow and love many iris that are beautiful in flower and form and will never receive a vote on a ballot because they do not perform up to specifications. There is nothing wrong with that. Many iris are commercially successful without being award worthy and there is nothing wrong with that either.
Now that I have alienated most of this list, LOL, I will say that I am glad it isn't my decision to make!! Tough choice.
Malevil Iris Gardens & Kennels
I own a dog and I vote!!
From: Michael Sutton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, May 18, 2010 9:14:26 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] intro help
need feedback please..... very bright well formed seedling.... sometimes only 5 buds, will vary from 5 to 7 averaging 6. From a commercial standpoint this probably should be introduced, but the bud issue kind of bothers me. it is also a great parent.... should it be introduced? any help would be greatly appreciated, btw the band on the falls is very, very red in the garden.