In spring 2013, I tried my hand at iris hybridizing. After several attempts to get an iris pregnant, I finally saw my first seed pod starting to develop. The successful cross was "Birthday Surprise" x "Set To Music" done on 6th November 2013.
11 days after pollination
16 days after pollination
My seed pod turned brown and cracked open on 25 Jan 2014. I collected 10 seeds, let them dry for 2 or 3 days and then planted them directly into a pot.
Between 20th Feb and 2nd Sept 2014 nine of my ten seedlings emerged.
24th March 2014
4th June 2014
3rd October 2014
The first of my seedlings to grow was ready to be planted out but the youngest was still very tiny so I did not plant any of them in the ground until 18th February 2015 after the hottest part of summer.
The following spring my iris hybrids were growing well but still smaller than my other flowering irises
18th October 2015
21st October 2015
The following winter when the irises are just starting to come out of dormancy, I noticed some offsets on my number 1 and 3 seedlings. Seedling number 4 is proving to be a very slow performer.
4th August 2016 (view from both sides)
By 29th September, a couple of my hybrids looked mature enough to flower.
By 21st November there was still no sign of a bud. I knew I would have to wait another year.
By the following winter my two biggest hybrids have several increases.
27th June 2017 - Seedling number 1
27th June 2017 - Seedling number 3
27th June 2017 - Seedling number 2
There are still no increases on seedlings 4 to 9. How many years are they going to take to flower?
4th June 2017