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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Sep 14, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Maybe I'm glad the one and only cross that I tried this year didn't make it! I couldn't think about trying to plant and maintain 1000 seeds. Green Grin!
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Sep 14, 2017 5:46 PM CST
What did you cross Barbara? I made roughly 100 crosses and only 25 took.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Sep 14, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Oh gosh, let me think about it ...
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Sep 14, 2017 7:04 PM CST
I found it! Ginger ice x Frill of it All.
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Sep 14, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Oh man, what a great cross! Bummer that it didn't take.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Sep 14, 2017 7:13 PM CST
If they both bloom next year I may try it again.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 14, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Totally_Amazing said:Wow Liz - 1000 seeds is a lot. Thumbs up


Awesome, but where will you put them? Do you plant them close together until they "get big"? Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 14, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Dachsylady86 said:It is a lot...too many! One of my pods had 60 seeds in!


Liz ~ How many crosses did you make? You are getting pretty good at it, I would say! Hurray!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 15, 2017 3:31 AM CST
Ginger Ice makes a good pod parent, but I haven't had much luck getting it to work as a pollen parent.

Liz, are you going to start your seeds outside? You might want to put them in pots at first. The first year I tried planting them outside in the garden, but dealing with the weeds I think disturbed them too much, and none germinated. The second year I potted them and left them outside, and I got about 3 seeds that grew. I've had much better luck potting them in the winter and leaving them in the house to start growing. Of course I don't start a 1000 at a time. Smiling Smiling I know Brad starts 1000's of seeds each year, but he uses a green house to start them.
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Sep 15, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Tom, I'm going to grow the seeds inside like I did last year, then plant them outside in the spring. Most of the seeds sprouted, and they seem happy outside right now. We shall see how they fair over the winter. This year I have WAY more and I'm not sure I can plant them all due to the amount I have. I'm not sure how many will sprout though. How long can you store seeds for that have not been planted?

Evelyn, I crossed roughly 30 dwarf irises and 60 tall irises. As far as percentages go, I had much more success crossing the dwarfs than the tall irises. This is my first year doing my own crosses and I got a little crazy about it. It is so much fun! I'm not planning on buying a larger property for about 2 years so I'm not sure how I will continue to do hybridizing with the space I have.
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Sep 15, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Liz, I hope that if you do move you will take all your irises with you!
Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Sep 15, 2017 9:04 PM CST
You bet I will Mika!
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 15, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Dachsylady86 said:Evelyn I'm not planning on buying a larger property for about 2 years so I'm not sure how I will continue to do hybridizing with the space I have.


Liz ~ Have you started to look for another house? In what area?

I am going to use all of the available space within my fenced garden area. I will have to see what comes next. I have a lot of digging to do.
I hope to make my first crosses next year.
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Sep 15, 2017 9:55 PM CST
I'm in the process of making a business plan to start a bed and breakfast in VT. I'm looking at the Stratton/Mt. Snow area in Southern VT. Part of the plan includes a dairy goat farm for cheesemaking so I need a good sized property for a barn, large house and garden space for hybridizing. I'm aiming for 5 acres. 1 acre would just be for irises.
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Sep 15, 2017 11:06 PM CST
Wow, Liz, that's adventurous! Sounds fun, but also lots of hard work. Do you already make goat cheese? It's popular here in France - lots of different goat cheeses, yum!
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UndertheSun
Sep 16, 2017 3:58 AM CST
I finally caught up with this thread. Big Grin

So many beautiful blooms!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 16, 2017 4:23 AM CST
Liz, I have started to just plant a doz or so of the seeds, not 50 or 60 of each like I did at first. I'll see what I get and can always plant more of them or make more of that cross if I get good results. Or in some cases pass the extra seeds onto someone else who wants them. Of course you're much younger then I am and have more energy. Smiling I've also limited some of my crosses to attaining goals that I'm trying to achieve rather then just crossing pretty ones to see what I get. I got really behind in culling due to the hail storm this year that nearly wiped out the bloom on my seedling beds. I wasn't able to do any culling at all of my last two years of seedlings. That makes for lots of beds to keep weeding.
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Sep 16, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Dachsylady86 said:I'm in the process of making a business plan to start a bed and breakfast in VT. I'm looking at the Stratton/Mt. Snow area in Southern VT. Part of the plan includes a dairy goat farm for cheesemaking so I need a good sized property for a barn, large house and garden space for hybridizing. I'm aiming for 5 acres. 1 acre would just be for irises.


Oh my gosh Liz. You have so many irises to move.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 16, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Another goat cheese lover here! Hurray! Hurray! (In another life I raised Nubian goats). Sounds like you have an interesting plan, Liz!
Hubs and I had a B&B for 4 and a half years. It was a lot of work, but yes, fun, at times.We also
were producing pottery at the same time. It was making, making, making, all the time...beds, laundry, breakfast (freshly
baked croissants every morning!)and conversation! - After breakfast the guests would want to see what we had in the pottery studio gallery, so we had to find time to make pots! This was more than 30 years ago, so we had the energy to do it. When one of the guests wanted to buy the place, we were ready to get back to just making ceramics, and were able to buy the acreage we're on now - just 6 miles from our old B & B ! It was a good experience - one that coincided with our beautiful valley's "discovery" by the wineries, that resulted in increased tourism.
If you have lots of energy, a B & B can be a good adventure.
Life is a Gift !
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Sep 16, 2017 9:42 AM CST
More...Liz your plan has got me to thinking. You'll need help! The goats will have to be milked twice a day. Our schedule was 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. - otherwise the over-full udders can develop infections. Mornings are the busiest at a B & B too. Then there's the cheese-making. Fortunately the goat experience was several years before the B & B for us.

I thought you might like to see a successful goat cheese/wine operation in our valley.

http://www.pennyroyalfarm.com
Life is a Gift !
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