Here's a confession. I have several really good rebloom seedlings, but
they don't have the form or other qualities that I require. Between
them, they contain most of the stronger rebloomers. Maybe I should
combine several of these and see if something worthwhile shows up?
Line breed, perhaps? Or near. It's worth a try.
I've used these, but usually with seedlings that contain rebloom but
haven't rebloomed here. Pretty faces.
<<It's not as easy as the numbers would indicate>>
When I study other lines, say Keppel, Ghio & Blyth, I notice a lot of
linage that looks like line breeding to me. Of course, it's used a lot
to improve patterns, colors etc..
Zone 6 KY
From: Betty Wilkerson <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
To: iris-photos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sat, Nov 5, 2011 7:52 am
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: Breeding strategies
In a way, strong rebloom x strong rebloom IS line breeding. This is
why I started using the KGB stuff. It's my form of "out" breeding.
In the past, many strong rebloomers were inbred. It's all guess work
here, but it's as though the hybridizers tried the out breeding and
found it too difficult to restore the rebloom so they turned to line
breeding in hopes of improving the qualities of the rebloom from within
the rebloom group.
Restoring the rebloom has been a pain for me, but I have faith it will
work, eventually. It's not as easy as the numbers would indicate, but
I realize my climate and conditions make it more difficult.
Zone 6 KY
From: Linda Mann <email@example.com>
To: iris-photos <firstname.lastname@example.org>; iris <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, Nov 5, 2011 5:39 am
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: Breeding strategies
Would IMM X (ENGLISH COTTAGE x FOGBOUND) be considered a line cross?
IMM = I DO X EC
Linda Mann east TN zone 7 USA