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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'.
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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...
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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iciris
Jan 12, 2018 2:01 PM CST
Cross posted with Lilli. nodding
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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.
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iciris
Jan 12, 2018 2:12 PM CST
I starred (now call bookmark) your post. nodding so thank you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 12, 2018 2:12 PM CST
Alda ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum!

Good luck! Crossing Fingers!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jan 12, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Welcome! Alda
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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
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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....
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Name: Jan Wax
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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!
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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.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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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.
Life is a Gift !
Name: Lilli
Lundby, 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
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
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janwax
Jan 14, 2018 10:22 AM CST
"too soon old; too late smart" !
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