Need lowdown on Iris hybridizing.
I want to try to cross two plants this summer, both belonging to the family Iridaceae. One of the plants blooms about a month before the other so I will need to store some pollen. Questions:
1. How do I collect and store pollen from an Iris?
2. Will the outcome of the hybrid plant be effected by which plant I use for the pollen parent and which one I use for the pod parent? If so, what characteristics are passed on by which parent? (example: flower influence is passed from pollen parent and foliage influence is passed from pod parent)
3. How can I know if the cross will take. While both plants from the family Iridaceae they are not from the same genus.
4. What else do I need to know for my first attempt at crossing Iris relatives?
Thanks in advance!!!