In a message dated 10/20/2006 5:57:43 A.M. Central Standard Time,
<<Griff, Betty, others - are there advantage to using WEARING
As you know, rebloom is my main goal and I like to know what genetics go
into my irises! I've had an eye on WR since it's introduction but didn't
buy it before based on two qualities. One was the unknown genetics,
and the other was the bad reports on growth in the US.
I used MACHISMO both ways this spring without any success. I adore
the bloom on MACHISMO, but that is really the only positive thing I can say
about it. I've never seen an iris look so "scared" before! I really
think that one clamped stalk is all I'll ever see from it. I may have lost
it by now.
Since it's introduction, I've heard more reports on WEARING RUBIES
reblooming, and producing children that rebloom. True, they've rebloomed
in zones 8 & 9 but the genetics still exist. I decided to give it a
chance in my garden.
I'll try just about anything in a cross and hope for good things in the
seedlings. Often it's wasted energy. Once I had about 30 plants from such
a cross that increased well and looked healthy going into winter, but by spring
nothing decent was left.
It's a gamble, but if I get the look I want on my strong plants, it's worth
the effort. Can be frustrating.
Advantages? I think it's just what works.