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  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] SEED VIABILITY
  • From: "Francesca R. Thoolen" irisgirl@attbi.com
  • Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 19:06:40 -0700

Hi Elm,  Thank you for refreshing my memory. I will look up the articles.
Looks like you better be sure your camera is ready to click next spring. It
should be fun just looking over them and discussing them. Look forward to


----- Original Message -----
From: <Elmsterj@aol.com>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] SEED VIABILITY

> Francesca,
>        I'm sure you saw the article I wrote on forced germination for the
> 1981 Aril Society yearbook---pp.34-37, with photos.  I did my own take on
> what John and Kay Tearington wrote about in the 1979 yearbook and Sam
> in the 1975 yearbook.  For me, it worked really well.  (However, I would
> use vermiculite now because of the health hazards.  I would use Perlite
> I think. Anyway, the method worked for me, and my regelia hybrid
> Stonehenge was germinated this way.  And by the way, those little plants
> grew from my attempts to come up with arilmedians are galloping more and
> every day.  And, yes, to answer your question from a previous email, I
> mail photos of them EVEN IF the blossoms are "dogs."  Some have Chubby
> in their background; others have Barbarella, which has I. pumila in its
> background.  A few others have my arilmed My Funny Valentine, while others
> yet have Eugene Hunt's Gene's Little Secret.  I had the original of that
> one---but with the slight controversy over whether the one circulating now
> truly GLS, perhaps we need to re-dub the latest one Secret Little Genes
> pun---sorry).  I think my little seedlings are growing so rapidly  with so
> many side shoots (a first year plant now has 8) because of the SDB and the
> pumila backgrounds.  The I. pumilas love it here, as do I. reichenbachii,
> barthii, I. astrachanica, I. illyrica, I. aphylla, and several other
> species.  I plan to use some of the smaller species and work them into an
> arilmed line this next spring.
> Elm
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