In a message dated 9/2/2005 5:32:02 P.M. Central Standard Time,
<<Betty, do you think this accounts for so many mislabeled 'bin'
iris such as you get at Walmart, Lowes etc?>>
Several companies are involved in this process, and I don't know
who chooses the varieties for those offers. Or who is
dropping the ball.
1) Wal-Mart or Lowe's simply offer the packaged product. Not
2) The company on the label is probably just a
distributor. Again, not much (physical) responsibility.
3) All of the large iris growers sell older irises in large
quantities as wholesalers. It's how many of them make their money.
Schreiners once offered an upscale version in the nurseries. There was a
large display with individual boxes. Quite nice. Classy and
dependable. I happened to meet Dave Schreiner about this time and asked if
they planned to continue the practice. He said it was a trial run to see
if it was marketable. Apparently it was not cost effective.
I was once told I could make a living wholesaling irises if I planted and
maintained 5 acres or more. It's VERY possible that some
of the smaller or busier wholesalers aren't real careful about names and garden
records? I know one or two that might have this problem. Once
every year or two I find an iris growing in a spot I don't remember planting
it! I've either mixed in a rhizome or forgot to note one on the map!
Imagine what would happen if one were growing large quantities for wholesale and
forgot to make a notation.
4??) Someone cleans, packages, and labels these irises
before shipping to the distributor (Middle man). Might be the
grower, but I'll bet there is a 4th company involved. I suspect this is
where much of the problem lies. They are neither producers or
growers. Just handlers. If a name gets lost, they just stick
something on it. I used to think they just called all blue irises VICTORIA
FALLS and all black irises SUPERSTITION. LOL!
Without being a part of that system it's impossible for me to do anything
But those are still good landscape irises if colors don't matter.
I've discovered that about 1 in 4 is true to name.