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Mar 30, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Name: Jerry
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
Hi Folks,
I see in the plant database that 'Florentine Silk' has 3 child plants. I am wondering if anyone here has had success in using this cultivar as either a pod or pollen parent?
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Mar 30, 2018 10:31 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Yes, I made a cross on it and got seeds a couple years ago. I haven't used it's pollen yet.
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Apr 11, 2018 7:01 PM CST
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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I used Florentine Silk for a dozen or so crosses. In my limited experience, it's easier to use it as a pod parent than as a pollen parent. Was not too impressed with most of the seedlings that came from it, though. Generally, Dykes Medal winners get used fairly heavily in hybridizing. The fact that Florentine Silk currently only shows up in the parentage of three irises makes you wonder. Shrug!

This is probably the best of the seedlings I got from it, and the only one that hasn't been culled.

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I kept it because because there are surprisingly few (good) irises in that color combination. It will probably never make it to introduction, but I'm hoping it will serve as a useful breeder.
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Apr 11, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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I think it's beautiful! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Apr 11, 2018 11:17 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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KentPfeiffer said:I used Florentine Silk for a dozen or so crosses. In my limited experience, it's easier to use it as a pod parent than as a pollen parent. Was not too impressed with most of the seedlings that came from it, though. Generally, Dykes Medal winners get used fairly heavily in hybridizing. The fact that Florentine Silk currently only shows up in the parentage of three irises makes you wonder. Shrug!

This is probably the best of the seedlings I got from it, and the only one that hasn't been culled.

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I kept it because because there are surprisingly few (good) irises in that color combination. It will probably never make it to introduction, but I'm hoping it will serve as a useful breeder.


I like the stain-washed standards. Very nice! Lovey dubby
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Apr 12, 2018 12:23 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I think that seedling needs to grow here, so I can judge it better. Whistling

Green Grin!
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Apr 12, 2018 3:41 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I had two bloom from it's seeds, this was the better of the two, the other didn't even merit a picture. Both got tossed.
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Apr 12, 2018 8:04 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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evelyninthegarden said:

I like the stain-washed standards. Very nice! Lovey dubby



I agree ....and that deep, rich colour on the falls and beards is just Lovey dubby
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Apr 12, 2018 8:37 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
KentPfeiffer said:I used Florentine Silk for a dozen or so crosses. In my limited experience, it's easier to use it as a pod parent than as a pollen parent. Was not too impressed with most of the seedlings that came from it, though. Generally, Dykes Medal winners get used fairly heavily in hybridizing. The fact that Florentine Silk currently only shows up in the parentage of three irises makes you wonder. Shrug!

This is probably the best of the seedlings I got from it, and the only one that hasn't been culled.

Thumb of 2018-04-12/KentPfeiffer/314cc9

I kept it because because there are surprisingly few (good) irises in that color combination. It will probably never make it to introduction, but I'm hoping it will serve as a useful breeder.




Absolutely beautiful color on that seedling! And as you said, not a common color combo. So while FS may not be an ideal parent, it gave you a nice child plant. I would grow that one for sure.
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Apr 12, 2018 11:29 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I agree with leslie. love that color combo.
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