Over the past few years, I have come to respect and admire the work of the iris Hybridizers on a whole new level. I spent two years trying to make a few crosses just to see if I could make them work, with very little luck. Then I veiwed a video on U-tube showing how to do it, and I learned what I needed to change. Last summer was the first time I had any luck at all getting some crosses to take. I ended up with 10 crosses that produced seeds. Out of these, 8 of the crosses produced seedlings. Some in mass quantity, and some with only one or two germinating. This year I made nearly 100 crosses, and so far have about 25 seed pods that I can confirm. Some of the crosses were made as recently as yesterday. Now it seems that some of these have rotted off during this insane wet spell we are having. I put the pod inside, and can hope it is mature enough to complete the seed development process. What I haven't even witnessed yet, is to have the seedling mature and bloom and find maybe one out of a thousand that might be worth keeping. HMMMM. I think this experience will incourage me to make sure that I buy most of my irises from the people who Hybridize them. Even if it cost's more, I think that they diserve the rewards for their efforts. Believe me, I don't consider my self a Hybridizer, I'm just dabbleing. I think if more people went through this process and felt how discourageing it is to to see your efforts rot off, or not produce seeds, or the seeds not germinate, you would for sure understand the efforts of these people who year after year stive to improve the iris. To all you real iris Hybridizers, I say
I am sure there are many challenges that I haven't even witnessed yet. You have my greatest respect!