Irises forum: Iris pollination

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deep East Tx. zone 8
afytexas
Jan 12, 2018 9:50 AM CST
Hi, Can someone tell me how to cross pollinate some of my irises. I have some very pretty ones and would like seeds from them. Is this possible and how is it done. Thanks alda
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 12, 2018 1:59 PM CST
If you're talking about bearded irises there are several good videos on Youtube demonstrating the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

There're more - just do a search for 'iris pollination' or 'iris breeding'.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Jan 12, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Welcome! afytexas to the iris forum.
Here are two you tube videos that Lilli posted a while ago.
https://garden.org/thread/view...
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Jan 12, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Cross posted with Lilli. nodding
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 12, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Big Grin I looked for them, but just couldn't find that post! Thank You! Barbara! I tip my hat to you.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Jan 12, 2018 2:12 PM CST
I starred (now call bookmark) your post. nodding so thank you.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 12, 2018 2:12 PM CST
Alda ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum!

Good luck! Crossing Fingers!
The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jan 12, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Welcome! Alda
(Zone 9b)
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UndertheSun
Jan 12, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Welcome to the funny farm Alda. Welcome!
deep East Tx. zone 8
afytexas
Jan 12, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Thanks everyone. But I can't get video on my computer. It came over on the Mayflower and I do good to get anything on it. I can get emails but no video. Alday
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jan 12, 2018 4:00 PM CST
This is from the Australian Iris Society website
http://www.irises.org.au/Hybri...

and Schreiners
https://www.schreinersgardens....
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 12, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Welcome! alday

also, look on this forum for a post with hybridizing in the title, you'll find many helpful hints and suggestions in posts. those posts contain information that some irises are better pollen parents or pod parents, and vice versa. or other hints for stratifying your seeds, and natural chemicals, or teas that help prevent mold or mildew from forming on your seeds and seedlings.

there's a wealth of info.....😃good luck!
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 13, 2018 2:30 AM CST
Schreiner has a short description of what to do (picture, but no video) when crossing two irises:
https://www.schreinersgardens....
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 13, 2018 1:21 PM CST
I realized something last night, reading an old book on irises. The author points out that a single tiny grain of pollen can fertilize the stigma of an iris - and realizing that I've been using a soft artists' brush to gather pollen for fertilization, just ruffling the hairs of the brush to eject any remaining bits from a previous pollination. WRONG!(that may account for a mystery crossing!)
The author recommends cleaning the brush with alcohol - but, better than using a brush, use tweezers!

Another method is to remove all petals, leaving the anthers exposed, taking the naked blossom to the waiting "female" parts of the other
iris and rubbing the pollen on it - without any intermediary, like brushes, tweezers or fingers!
"Garden as though you will live forever" -
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 13, 2018 2:17 PM CST
If you use a brush and pollen from more then one bloom, you are for sure going to get a mish mash of unknown offspring. I sometimes take apart a bloom and use it as a tool for pollen, if it's a bloom that I have a lot of, otherwise I use a tweezers and clean it between crosses. Even though the tweezers doesn't touch to bloom being crossed. Have to clean your fingers between crosses too.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 13, 2018 3:24 PM CST
Tom and Jan ~ All important points. I can see it would be easy to have unknown pollen in the process, making a mess of your plans.
The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows.
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jan 13, 2018 4:09 PM CST
We use locking forceps, easier to hang on to the little anther, especially as I am crossing the smaller irises, not tall bearded.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 13, 2018 9:04 PM CST
tveguy3 said:If you use a brush and pollen from more then one bloom, you are for sure going to get a mish mash of unknown offspring. I sometimes take apart a bloom and use it as a tool for pollen, if it's a bloom that I have a lot of, otherwise I use a tweezers and clean it between crosses. Even though the tweezers doesn't touch to bloom being crossed. Have to clean your fingers between crosses too.


Sometimes it seems like life is just one long lesson! Rolling my eyes.
"Garden as though you will live forever" -
William Kent, English landscape architect.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 14, 2018 8:33 AM CST
I agree with Tom - use tweezers (or forceps like Lucy does) and make sure you clean them after each cross.

...and yes, life is one long lesson - if you're willing to learn! Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Jan 14, 2018 10:22 AM CST
"too soon old; too late smart" !
"Garden as though you will live forever" -
William Kent, English landscape architect.

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