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That Was Quick


By siris


I read about a method of speeding up the time it takes to flower a Bearded Iris grown from seed. This involves washing the seed, and cold stratification.

I used the pollen from this Orange Iris in 2104, Border bearded ‘Maid of Orange’ (photo 2014)

And put onto Tall Bearded ‘Bronco Down’ as the mother parent. (Photo 2014)

The resulting seed pod was ripe in July. Two weeks after the pod split open, I started the washing process. Here is the resulting Iris, after only 2 years. It has a huge flower and is a mustard yellow. Rather like Martha’s Gold.

Unfortunately it is the only one to be so quick off the mark.

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Goodness like your Iris...such dedication.
It's a fantastic bloom!

16 May, 2016


I love them too, but don't manage to grow them.

17 May, 2016


Thanks Paul, that is an understatement, this addiction has got to stop. That's a shame, Linda. They come in such a range of colours.

17 May, 2016


Clever you........and what a result.

19 May, 2016


Still going, you will be able to see it. Dd.

23 May, 2016


Oh yes I do hope so, some beautiful ones at Chelsea Flower Show......

23 May, 2016


On the TV? Cayeux is exhibiting at Chelsea, I visited their fields last year, huge and spectacular.

24 May, 2016

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