Recommended Iris for 2013 Crossings

jmcbackyarddigger(z6b So IL)December 27, 2012

I've had fun hybridizing iris in the past, but I got out of the habit these past 4-5 years. I'm ready to hop back in.

I had great success with Schreiner's "Silverado", but I notice from the awards lists that Keppel seems to be outdoing Schreiner.

What current iris would you recommend as parents for hybridizing in the 2010's?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I think that Wild Jasmine is a very popular parent, as is Ring Around Rosie. Most hybridizers are working for very fat falls that overlap and arched standards that don't fall open, with lots of ruffles and novel colors. I would purchase new intros to use- pick a color scheme to go after, or some other goal, like a reblooming red, and cross away! Good luck- it sounds like fun.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 12:14AM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Do you mean a 2010 intro for using as a parent?

Final Episode (Blyth'01) was recommended on another forum as a good parent.

Keppel really is hitting the jackpot these years. My favorite hybridizer was Ben Hager. His advice was breed pretty to pretty.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 5:08PM
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please send me an e-mail, I too am from Illinois looking for someone close to my area for help with learning how to hybrize iris as a hobby, need encouragement.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 8:18PM
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