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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
Mar 2, 2019 7:51 PM CST
Seeing the baby seedlings emerge is such a thrill! Congratulations, Evelyn and Elsa!
I'm enjoying seeing my seedlings grow. Anyone else having luck?
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 2, 2019 8:04 PM CST
Jan ~ Thank You! I really didn't know if they would come to life or not. Now I am getting excited about them again.

One of them is Thornbird X Elegance in Blue

They are both vigorous irises, but the color combo is anyone's guess. nodding
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Mar 2, 2019 8:10 PM CST
That's the fun of it,Ev!
let the mystery be
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Mar 2, 2019 8:12 PM CST
Ev: I think that mixed up color combo makes it even more exciting to anticipate outcome. That sounds like a very fun combo.

Jan: How many seedlings now?
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Mar 2, 2019 8:29 PM CST
GreenIris said:Ev: I think that mixed up color combo makes it even more exciting to anticipate outcome. That sounds like a very fun combo.

Jan: How many seedlings now?


Roughly 65 from the freshman class (2018) in pots - and I have a combined total of about 20 of the sophomore class (2017)planted in two areas of two beds - one that may bloom this year is Prince of Hearts x Dazzle.. :cross_finger:

Do you have seedling crosses, Elsa?

edit: Elsa, I just noticed in another thread that you said you have 21 seedlings.
Are they from 2018 crossings? What crosses did you make? (sorry if you've already posted about your crosses. I miss things sometimes.!).
let the mystery be
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Mar 2, 2019 9:57 PM CST
Jan and Evelyn, congratulations on your seedlings! That is awesome!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Mar 2, 2019 10:08 PM CST
Thanks Andrea. Do you have any seedling crosses?
let the mystery be
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Mar 2, 2019 10:45 PM CST
Jan, No, I haven't tried to make crosses yet. I may try it this year just for the heck of it. I don't really have enough room to grow a lot of seedlings, but I would like to try making crosses after reading so much about it on this forum. I do have some irises that are reputed to be good parents- it's worth a try!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 3, 2019 12:57 AM CST
The idea of "crossing" is what has gotten me into trouble. That is what made me buy all those irises...and still buying... Whistling I see so much potential in certain irises, that I have to try them...I will have to die, and reincarnate fast, so I can continue, as there won't be much time to do them all!! Hahaha! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing nodding
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Mar 3, 2019 7:58 AM CST
@janwax Your Iris babies are in "high school" already ? Then "graduation"...Too funny!
@evelyninthegarden It is really never too late to get started... I just try to imagine that I got a late start !
Mine are in a couple of baggies, getting a leaf on some. How do I acclimate them, from baggy, to potted up? Do I pot up the little ones with a first leaf, then place inside a baggy & gradually expose to some fresh air?
If so, do I just open the seal occasionally, or put holes in the baggy?
Thanks. (I'm not up to date, with rest of you.)
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 3, 2019 10:28 AM CST
Shawn, do you mean that the seeds are sprouting out of soil? If so get them planted in quickly. Once they get leaves they need sun to continue to grow. Mine are still in the fridge. They need another week or so before I can plant them. I got a late start.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Mar 3, 2019 11:01 AM CST
@tveguy3 Tom, they are in ziploc baggies, in perlite . I have them near a sliding glass door, so they do get afternoon sun. But I am reluctant to plant up, as the weather is cloudy & the heat keeps cutting on.
If they aren't accustomed to dry heat, transferred from a humid baggy. what am I to do? I am also concerned about breaking fragile roots, in the process, too. Pot up, using dry perlite? Then mist & keep potted in a baggy?
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises Dahlias Zinnias
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ShawnSteve
Mar 3, 2019 11:24 AM CST
In order to get started, I have brought the bag of perlite indoors. I want to heat in the microwave first, anyway. Dry perlite, would seem easier to pot up with... So, the "issue" is with how to treat them, once potted up. Place the potted seedlings inside a larger Ziploc ? Because I do not want to cause "transplant shock" going from the humid baggy, to dry heat, in the house. It isn't all that cold out, but they are used to being indoors & within a humid baggy...I don't want the leaf or root to touch the plastic baggy, as some are starting to grow a leaf.
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Mar 3, 2019 11:56 AM CST
Jan: Hurray! How exciting regarding your crosses. I can't wait to see your outcomes.
I have a mature Iris from a 2015 cross (Clarence X Ecstatic Echo). I am evaluating it to see if it is a rebloomer. It's a toughy for sure.
I have 2 plants from a 2016 cross. Unknown historic (believed to be Golden Cateract) X Sue Zee. One has been reblooming for me. The second has not bloomed so it is still a mystery. Crossing Fingers! for bloom this Spring.
Then for 2017 crosses, I have 21 seedlings.. (As of today 7 have shown up in the 2nd Spring after planting and 14 from last Spring) of the Eyes Don't Lie X Tenessee Woman cross. I also have one (and only one) seedling of Diamond Blush X Star Appeal.
Finally, for 2018, I have one emerged seedling of Laurie X Sweet Water Pie Burns)
Really hoping from my 7 2018 seed bins this number will go up up up but time will tell.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 3, 2019 12:08 PM CST
When the time comes, we can have a new thread with pictures of the seedlings, though Liz @daschylady86 may have to have a separate thread, since she has so many. She has a lot of crosses, but it will have to be a large field of seedlings...oh, my!

She will outdo Keith and Joe! Thumbs up

It will be truly amazing! She will be so busy, she may not have time to take pictures. Just getting that new bed ready, and the goats, cheese-making, and caring for her son will all be keeping her busy! Thumbs up

One good thing she has in her favor is youth! Hurray!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Mar 3, 2019 1:16 PM CST
Ev: it would be great to have such a thread. Yes and I am very excited about Liz's crosses too!! I absolutely love to see the blooms that come out of a cross. It's amazing when a white Iris comes out of a purple X purple cross, for instance! And Sue Zee (green Iris ) came out of a Violet color X Violet color Iris cross. And now I have a baby of green Sue Zee that looks like it's Violet colored Grandma Lesson. Fun Stuff!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises Dahlias Zinnias
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ShawnSteve
Mar 3, 2019 1:43 PM CST
I felt like it was a major operation for me, just to get this done... I ended up having to moisten the perlite first, to heat in the microwave & then allow to cool.
I used a cleaned, moistened bamboo skewer, to make a hole for easier placement of the root. Then used the skewer to carefully move the germinated iris, out of the baggy with the root guided by the skewer, into the "hole", in the perlite. Then, gently misted & placed the potted Iris seedling into a larger baggy. Mission accomplished.
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Mar 3, 2019 6:04 PM CST
Made a wonderful discovery today, well actually two to add onto my above list. The first though was almost as exciting as finding Butterfly Affair was so green last Spring. From my 2018 cross of Beauty Within X Butterfly Affair, my first seedling appeared. I had a big bounty of seeds from this cross but you just never know till they grow! I have been beside myself hoping for this.
Secondly, Sky and Sun X Snow Peas 2018 cross had a seedling emerge. What a fun fun day in the garden!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Mar 3, 2019 7:04 PM CST
Elsa, Hurray!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 3, 2019 7:04 PM CST
Elsa ~ What great news!

I put my seedlings outside yesterday and now they are drenched! Will that hurt them?
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)

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