Irises forum: What goes into a seedling name?

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UndertheSun
Dec 1, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Could someone explain what goes into a seedling name/number? All I see is some letters and some numbers. For example, seedling 09-104A that Brad posted.

Is there a common guideline that everyone follows? Or is it simply something that person assigns to it for their own records.
Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Dec 1, 2014 7:54 PM CST
I'm pretty sure that every hybridizer set up their own system. Some of them use the year of the cross for the first two numbers, others don't. Maybe someone with more experience has better information. This is just based on my observations when I have wondered about the same thing.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Dec 1, 2014 8:53 PM CST
The number is an ID & each hybridizer has their own system.
Name: Brad
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ARUBA1334
Dec 1, 2014 8:54 PM CST
Hi Rob to answer your question the 09 is the year of the cross..the 104 is the 104th cross of the year which is recorded in a book....and A is the individual seedling so as in the case of the 06-77 cross from the following page you will see them marked 06-77F..)6-77D) and so on this is the simplest and best way to keep track of them when you have multiple seedlings from one cross that you are keeping most are assigned this after a 1st year bloom and you decide to keep it this number sticks with the plant forever. Hope that helps.
Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Dec 1, 2014 9:22 PM CST
Thanks Brad! I tip my hat to you.

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UndertheSun
Dec 1, 2014 10:29 PM CST
Thanks for the info! Thumbs up
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lovemyhouse
Dec 2, 2014 11:55 AM CST
Good information to have. Thumbs up
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Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Dec 2, 2014 12:09 PM CST
I was planning to ask about this when I get my seeds out and start planting them. So Rob, good question, and Brad, thanks for the information! Thank You!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 2, 2014 4:51 PM CST
We use 'L' for my plnt; John starts with the numeral. We decided against 'J' as a not needed designation. My sys tem is followd by the year'14' followed by the cross 'A' or in this case 'AM' meaning MTB, followed by the plant # '1'. So the first blooming from the cross: L14-AM-1.
Every hybridizer uses a system which works for them.

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