Irises forum: Question Regarding Iris 'Florentine Silk'

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Name: Jerry
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
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Jpari
Mar 30, 2018 8:18 AM CST
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?
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 30, 2018 10:31 AM CST
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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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Apr 11, 2018 7:01 PM CST

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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.


Name: Barbara
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iciris
Apr 11, 2018 7:26 PM CST
I think it's beautiful! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 11, 2018 11:17 PM CST
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.


I like the stain-washed standards. Very nice! Lovey dubby
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UndertheSun
Apr 12, 2018 12:23 AM CST
I think that seedling needs to grow here, so I can judge it better. Whistling

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 12, 2018 3:41 AM CST
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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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Apr 12, 2018 8:04 AM CST
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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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 12, 2018 8:37 AM CST
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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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 12, 2018 11:29 AM CST
I agree with leslie. love that color combo.

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