My first Iris seedling has opened! I had intended to wait until it was in full bloom to post photos, but given its behaviour I decided to post straight away and get comments before I decide what to do with it.
I raised six seedlings from this cross. The 6th I composted when I moved the seedlings into the garden bed, as it was the runt by far and woefully lacking in vigour compared to the other five. The first three are the most vigorous, with 3+ increases each and it is the largest of these that has flowered now.
It has inherited the (very) early genes, vigour and stalk strength from 'Saffron Drift', which is probably a week or so behind it. The shape favours 'Hell's Fire' with a little more ruffling.
The problem is that this happened in the winds today:
Not acceptable. 'Hell's Fire' might have blown over, but its pedicels wouldn't have bent like this, whilst the worst 'Saffron Drift' stalk only leaned at about 30°. My seedling's stalk stayed perfectly upright and straight (which is what I was hoping for with the cross), but the pedicels are almost floppy.
As I have little experience with seedlings, I am not sure if this is a once-off problem or whether this is genetic. At the moment I am inclined to compost it, but thought I would post here first and get some feedback.
What does everyone think?