Discussions and Q and A about hybridizing irises forum: Hybridizing irises by Cayeux

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ImagePollyK
Jul 29, 2012 5:47 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Our member Terry Johnson, of the iris blog Heritage Iris brought this to my attention. He thought it might be useful to some of the members learning to hybridize and I agree!

Thanks, Terry!

http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/richard-cayeux-ta...

PSSSSST: You can join Terrys blog. I did.
Imagetveguy
Jul 31, 2012 5:18 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Very good video, I learned what I've been doing wrong, next year, maybe I can have some success at getting pods. Thanks for sharing.
Imageirisarian
Jul 31, 2012 10:32 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
& quite a sense of humor as well. We use locking forceps, especially so the old lady (me) doesn;t drop the anther. Removing the flower parts helps you to see what you are doing.
ImageIrisHunter
Jul 31, 2012 10:56 PM CST
Name: Terry Johnson
New Zealand
Tom that is so cool that the video has helped, I personally think the video is so elegant in its simplicity and is the direction that Iris Societies should be investing. The video quality is outstanding and was part of the BBC2 show promoting the Chelsea Flower Show which Cayeux have been an exhibitor for the past few years . You can bookmark the url as it will be in-bedded on the blog for as long as the BBC makes it available so you can return as many times as you like.
Taking away the mystique surrounding the hybridising of irises makes writing a blog worthwhile.

A picture paints a thousand words
Irishunter
HERITAGE IRISES
Imagetveguy
Aug 1, 2012 4:23 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Getting the seeds is only half the battle, the other half is trying to get them to grow. Any help with that would be greatly appreciated.
Imageirisarian
Aug 1, 2012 8:39 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
A real battle is chosing the parents. Even if seedlings grow, the results can be a bust. Basic genetics can be found in The World of Irises available from AIS for $18. The colors we see have come from many recessives like the plicata series & pinks. Beard colors are inherited separately.
Granted newbies have to be shown the mechanics & that was done quite well.
ImageIrisHunter
Aug 1, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Name: Terry Johnson
New Zealand
Hybridising was a feature on my blog for the month of July
Here was me thinking that the selection of parents was covered off by asking Keith Keppel his advise which I published at the end of Jean Stevens story http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/jean-stevens-and-...
And Paul Black had his say on selection of parents in the article http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/tall-bearded-iris... where he nominates Irises worth pursuing that are freely available for reasonable costs from commercial growers, and his thoughts apply to anyone interested in hybridising.
None off these hybridisers got into any depth about recessive genes and the complications associated with this subject, the month of features is to encourage new people and others that are a wee bit intimidated of hybridising.
And I got to have my say http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/got-me-thinking-a...
What is a 'newbie' by the way? I like to think I learn something new about irises all the time, so perhaps I'm a 'newbie' too.(I hope I am)
Irishunter
HERITAGE IRISES
Imageirisarian
Aug 1, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
newbie=new person

We hybridize medians since the mid 1980s & are still learning. However a few basic genetics are helpful for those starting out.
ImageIrisHunter
Aug 1, 2012 1:21 PM CST
Name: Terry Johnson
New Zealand
Sorry the link to Paul Blacks opinion contained one to many dots try http://historiciris.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/tall-bearded-iris...
Irishunter
HERITAGE IRISES
ImagePollyK
Aug 7, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I have watched this video 3X now, and I think I'm ready to go.

I absolutely love the older irises with the fat long falls, like Dog Rose. The old diploids. Has anyone tried hybridizing those? I think that would be a lot of fun.

I've done some siberians, but have never hybridized a bearded, so this was a huge help. Guess I'm a newbie too, LOL.

I also enjoyed reading the links. Mr. Keppels advice about determining what your goal is, and then to also cross a few pretties so you won't be discouraged makes so much sense.

And in regards to parentage, there is a lot of good info in those articles, Terry!

Thanks again, Terry!
Imagetveguy
Aug 8, 2012 4:32 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Now if some one would review how to get the seeds to germinate, I'd be all happy! I know Paul had mentioned a technique to get them to grow, and save some time to see them bloom, but I'm not sure where that is, or exactly how he did it.
ImagePollyK
Aug 8, 2012 10:28 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Maybe we can get Terry to do an article on that. Or point us to one he's maybe already done.

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