Hybridizing Journal

On this page, you'll see a record of my hybridizing activities and plans for future work. For earlier journal entries, see the
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2017 Crosses

There was no seedling bloom this spring, thanks to the great grasshopper attack two years ago. However, I lined out about 200 new seedlings this spring, and got a number of crosses made, despite poor bloom on the medians this year.

cross

pod parent

pollen parent

pollinations

pods

seeds

Q046

Sudden Butterflies

Tadzhiki Bandit

13

0

Q047

04A004

Vera

1

0

Q048

P018-02

Werckmeister's Beauty

4

0

Q049

P011-02

Merlin's Magic

2

0

Q050

P002-14

Werckmeister's Beauty

2

0

S034

T009-03

P002-14

3

0

Q051

Royal Wonder

Vera

5

0

Q052

Wild Whispers

Merlin's Magic

3

0

P053

Little Drummer Boy

Sudden Butterflies

12

6

95

S034

Abuzz with Charm

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

3

0

S035

Abuzz with Charm

S006-01

5

0

S026

I. reichenbachii OB

Royal Wonder

19

10

115

Q053

Tadzhiki Bandit

Sudden Butterflies

9

3

11

Q054

i. hoogiana purpurea

Royal Wonder

3

0

Q055

I. hoogiana Purple Dawn

I. pumila taurica WA

2

0

Q056

Tadzhiki Eclipse

P011-02

5

3

9

Q057

Werckmeister's Beauty

Little Drummer Boy

11

6

28

B035

Dunshanbe

I. reichenbachii OB

23

21

173

Q058

Ballalaika Music

I. pumila taurica WA

11

1

0

B036

Ballalaika Music

I. reichenbachii OB

1

0

Q059

Chocolate

P018-02

14

1

9

A027

I. paradoxa

Dunshanbe

5

0

S028

Eye of the Tiger

S006-01

1

1

18

T070

Night Mood

T009-03

5

3

30

T071

Night Mood

T013-01

4

2

21

B037

Vera

Ahlburg

1

0

T072

Night Mood

T008-01

4

0

Q060

Vera

Wild Whispers

8

0

t033

Hot News

T009-03

6

1

4

t034

Hot News

T013-01

6

1

0

t035

Hot News

T008-01

4

0

T073

East Hampton

I. reichenbachii OB

4

1

0

S036

Cotillion Ball

Sudden Butterflies

1

0

B038

Sultry Dreams

Tadzhiki Eclipse

4

0

B039

Brown Lasso

Vera

5

0

T074

Brown Lasso

I. reichenbachii OB

5

3

39

T075

T013-01

I. reichenbachii OB

6

0

T076

T013-01

?

1

14

T077

Wine Dark Sea

?

2

30

2016 Crosses

cross

pod parent

pollen parent

pollinations

pods

seeds

Q036

I. pumila WG

Chocolate

3

0

Q037

Royal Wonder

Tadzhiki Bandit

3

1

14

Q038

Wild Whispers

Werckmeister's Beauty

4

3

30

Q039

Little Drummer Boy

Vera

1

1

1

S012

Dollop of Cream

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

1

0

S013

Iris sp. aff. reichenbachii ex Vardar Gorge

Dollop of Cream

6

2

20

S026

I. reichenbachii OB

Royal Wonder

6

1

15

Q040

Merlin's Magic

Royal Wonder

35

17

135

A026

I. paradoxa atrata

Merlin's Magic

1

0

B029

I. reichenbachii OB

Merlin's Magic

15

0

B030

Tadzhiki Bandit

I. reichenbachii OB

18

11

26

Q041

Werckmeister's Beauty

I. pumila P002-13

8

5

8

S027

Kaching

I. subbiflora S004-01

6

4

113

B022

Ahlburg

Merlin's Magic

38

0

Q042

Dunshanbe

Royal Wonder

2

2

5

T059

Saucy

I. reichenbachii OB

11

8

155

B031

Slick

Tadzhiki Bandit

15

0

S028

Eye of the Tiger

S006-01

2

2

46

Q043

Ballalaika Music

I. pumila P011-02

1

1

0

Q044

Network

Little Drummer Boy

2

1

12

B014

Night Mood

Werckmeister's Beauty

40

1

7

B032

Chocolate

I. junonia T011-01

6

0

T060

Night Mood

I. reichenbachii T009-02

4

1

9

T061

Date With Destiny

I. junonia T011-01

8

0

B033

Tic Tac Toe

Chocolate

10

0

S029

Tic Tac Toe

Wild Whispers

3

3

27

T062

Tic Tac Toe

I. reichenbachii OB

3

2

14

S030

Bundle of Love

I. pumila P002-13

6

1

8

Q044

Vera

I. pumila P011-01

3

0

B034

Sultry Dreams

Vera

4

0

P054

I. pumila P002-13

unknown

70

2016 Seedlings of Interest

The curious orange pumila P011-01 bloomed in more pedestrian yellow and brown tones this spring, without the pronounced spidery form. A sister seedling actually has a more refined look and will be kept for future work. It was a good year for seedlings of various species: I. subbiflora, I. taochia (questionable), I. reichenbachii, and I. junonia. I was pleased to bloom a seedling from I. aphylla X I. pumila, which although not extraordinary in itself will be used for PPTT MDBs.

BP002-03

This is a sibling to the two arilbred dwarfs that I enjoyed last year, from 'Aztec Prince' X I. pumila "clausii". I think this is the best of the three, with more aril patterning on the falls, almost a miniature of its pod parent. A definite keeper!

S007-03

This resulted from one of my "learning" crosses: 'Points West' (horned TB plicata) X I. pumila "clausii". A violet sibling that bloomed last year was pretty awful and summarily discarded, but this one is more pleasing and even sports tiny, needle-like white horns. It's really too big and coarse for the SDB class, and has only one bud on most stems, so I've decided not to keep it around, although it was an interesting learning experience.

SB001-01

This is from another of my "learning" crosses. The classic cross for arilbred medians is SDB X CGW (amphidiploid arilbred), in this case 'Bluebeard's Ghost' X 'Noble Warrior'. Without any definite veining or signal, it's unlikely to attract attention among arilbred fanciers. However, I appreciate its simplicity and form. I'm keeping it around as a garden plant, for awhile at least.

2015 Crosses

This was not a bad year for crosses. It was particularly nice to have nearly 150 arilpum seeds to plant. Although test crosses are not entirely conclusive, it does appear that the I. reichenbachii clone I got from Odyssey Bulbs is a tetraploid. Crossing with the diploid I. suaveolens rubromarginata produced no seeds from 30 pollinations, whereas its pollen on I. aphylla and an aphylla derivative produced almost 300 seeds from six pollinations. Seeds were planted November 7.

P051

Hobbit

X P003-01

3 pollinations

1 pod

21 seeds

P052

Sudden Butterflies

X Hobbit

1 pollination

0 pods

P053

Little Drummer Boy

X Sudden Butterflies

4 pollinations

2 pods

49 seeds

t029

I. reichenbachii OB

X I. suaveolens rubromarginata

30 pollinations

2 pods

0 seeds

aQ001

I. paradoxa atrata

X Aladdin's Gem

8 pollinations

0 pods

t030

I. suaveolens JR

X t001-02

9 pollinations

0 pods

T051

I. aphylla AA

X I. reichenbachii OB

4 pollinations

4 pods

189 seeds

Q025

Merlin's Magic

X P002-05

13 pollinations

4 pods

54 seeds

T052

I. schachtii

X T013-03

1 pollination

0 pods

T053

I. schachtii

X T009-04

1 pollination

0 pods

Q012

Tadzhiki Bandit

X I. pumila taurica WA

15 pollinations

1 pod

4 seeds

A023

I. acutiloba lineolata

X Merlin's Magic

1 pollination

0 pods

Q026

I. hoogiana purpurea

X Hobbit

2 pollinations

0 pods

S023

Slick

X Steppe

6 pollinations

0 pods

B022

Ahlburg

X Merlin's Magic

16 pollinations

0 pods

A024

I. paradoxa

X Tadzhiki Bandit

2 pollinations

0 pods

Q027

I. stolonifera 'Chocolate'

X P003-01

14 pollinations

7 pods

50 seeds

a040

I. paradoxa atrata

I. paradoxa

7 pollinations

6 pods

97 seeds

T054

I. aphylla Hungary

X T013-03

4 pollinations

0 pods

A025

I. paradoxa atrata

X Tadzhiki Bandit

7 pollinations

3 pods

10 seeds

S024

Riveting

X I. babadagica white

1 pollination

0 pods

B023

Night Mood

X Tadzhiki Bandit

10 pollinations

0 pods

Q028

Werckmeister's Beauty

X Keystone Oracle

7 pollinations

4 pods

35 seeds

a041

I. urmiensis PZ1

X I. paradoxa atrata

1 pollinations

0 pods

a042

I. urmiensis PZ2

X I. paradoxa atrata

1 pollination

1 pod

64 seeds

T055

Rust sdlng: (Spirit World x I. aphylla bohemica)

X T009-04

3 pollinations

2 pods

39 seeds

T056

Rust sdlng: (Spirit World x I. aphylla bohemica)

X T004-01

6 pollinations

5 pods

51 seeds

BP003

Shaman's Magic

X Wild Whispers

5 pollinations

4 pods

99 seeds

Ba004

Sand Dancer

I. paradoxa atrata

5 pollinations

2 pods

11 seeds

Q029

Vera

X P002-13

2 pollinations

1 pod

5 seeds

T057

Rust sdlng: (Spirit World x I. aphylla bohemica)

X I. reichenbachii OB

2 pollinations

2 pods

103 seeds

T058

Sultry Dreams

X I. schachtii

12 pollinations

0 pods

S025

She's a Doll

X Hildebrandt 04A004

5 pollinations

2 pods

10 seeds

B024

Brown Lasso

I. stolonifera 'Chocolate'

6 pollinations

0 pods

Some Grim News

I lined out about 150 seedlings in 2015, most from my own crosses (for the first time since I resumed hybridizing in 2011). With a couple months, every last one was killed by a severe infestation of grasshoppers. It was too late for the seedlings, but I started regular applications of Nolo Bait in the hopes of mitigating the risk the coming year. Severe damage was done to the foliage of established plants as well, but none were killed outright as the seedlings were.

2015 Seedlings of Interest

This is the first year that I got a good look at some of the results of my own crosses. There's no experience quite the same as being pleasantly surprised by a seedling from a cross you've made.

P011-01

This is a one-year-old plant from a cross made in 2012, Iris pumila "clausii" X I. pumila aequiloba. The goal was not to get interesting advancements, but just to get more pumilas, as these were the only two I had at the time and want to make as many pumilas as I could. The seedling is interesting in two respects: its elongated petals and spider-like form, and its burnt-orange fall color. I. pumila aequiloba has a rather elongated shape, but not this exaggerated. I've not seen a pumila with color so orangey; the fall spot on yellows is usually a dull brown, olive, or perhaps reddish-brown. It will be interesting to see if these characteristics continue in future years. Quite a fun surprise, and it extends the range of pumila phenotypes in my collection.

BP002-01 and BP002-02

This was my first great delight among my own seedlings. It is an arilbred dwarf from 'Aztec Prince' X I. pumila "clausii". This cross was also made in 2012, but this is a two-year-old plant that did not bloom last year. Although it is only 1/4 aril, I am delighted with the strong aril influence in both pattern and form. It is SDB size and looks to be a strong grower.

This is an unbalanced tetraploid, APPT, and so expected to be sterile or limitedly fertile at best. Indeed, the anthers are vestigial and bear no pollen. The hope behind the cross is that there may be some fertility, with half the gametes produced being arilpum (AP) gametes, so that some new fertile arilpums may result if it is crossed with existing arilpums. I don't have arilpum pollen to use on it at the moment, but it is definitely a keeper, and perhaps next year I will be able to make a number of pollinations on it.

Its sibling, BP002-02, bloomed the following week. Nice coloration; the standards are a light lavender blue and the yellow on the falls is bright and saturated.

 

Tom Waters

September 2010

Updated August 2017

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