First let me say thank you Lucy.
Im just getting info as I'm just starting this adventure.
I like the idea of someone else sending them out and doing the work, I would like to focus on hybridizing ( just getting started ).
As for making money it's always nice and it would help offset cost of materials, but would just like to see irises out there if they're worthy to be introduced.
AIS and Regional conventions I think is a must, you can get a good consensus what others and regions think about the seedling, Especially for a new hybridizers. (although it is up to the hybridizers if they want to introduced it or not ).
As stated above I'm just getting started, it would be 4 years, 3 if I'm lucky before I would send in seedlings to conventions.
We do have several judges in our Iris club that I will be asking to look at seedlings and of course our shows before I would send any to National AIS conventions. They would have to grow it for 2 to 3 years before the convention. With all that said it would be 8 to 10 years before first introduction if I'm lucky.
very much Lucy.