I love wide crosses in Iris since you never know what you are going to get.
I crossed Chanted an occasionally reblooming Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris with the Species Iris lutescens
Wide Crosses and What Happens
This is very interesting and I hope you will continue to share more pictures. Thanks!
I can see why. Those are beautiful and expressive...and impressive!
When Chanted first came to USA, Keith Keppel crossed it onto the whole garden of SDBs. He did us all a favor by analizing the results & found that while it had good form, it still needed to be crossed to good form to keep it. Such wide crosses as you have found, need form improvements. So your 'good' maroon results should be crossed to good form as well?
Very pretty. It's amazing how many different forms you got!
PLease define "wide cross" if it's a hybridation term.
For example if it were possible, would iris pseudacorus x TB iris be a wide cross?
or species iris pumila x TB 'Variegata' iris?
or is it just bearded iris of different heights that would be a wide cross?
Iris Pseudacorus X TB probably would not take since one is bearded and one is not
The Iris pumila X TB is a wide cross. Usually wide crossed at unrelated species or cultivars originating from unrelated i.e Aril X bearded = Arilbreds.
Arilbreds X bearded though came from both is still a wide cross just putting more of one's genes into the mix.
Crosses between I. lutescens with a pumila derived dwarf would also be a wide mix.
I am calling them wide because current hybridizers are using alot of line breeding and inbreeding.
Don't have pictures, but my wides are I.aphylla X TB pollen donated by a friend, & tet. MTB x pumila
The first are all purple with haft markings in some cases, TB was plic seedling. I have discarded many, still working on narrowing them down. Grow like weeds, trying to leave the best form for the next step. TB x pumila has 2 plants.Tet MTB x pumila has no germination as yet. The last one is because of Ben Hager's advice to try that for MDBs. (miniature dwarf). It has been reprinted in the dwarf newsletter several times including the current issue.
The next step in the aphylla x TB is to watch to harvest the bee pods, quite a few this yr; slated for SIGNA.