Monthly Archives: April 2011

Evaluating Iris Seedlings

Even the amateur hybridizer should have some knowledge of what characteristics improve the quality of the iris flower.  This knowledge should assist the amateur in determining what to aim for and how to best evaluate the resulting seedlings.  Color The … Continue reading

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Prepare your Iris Beds and Grow Healthy Vigorous Iris!

Look what I caught hanging out inside one of my rubber boots this week!  A sure sign that spring is on its way!   Time to start preparing your iris beds!   The three most important ingredients for growing healthy and … Continue reading

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Perfect Hummingbird Flowers

Since the floral needs of hummingbirds are so specialized, if the hummingbird gardener offers the right flowers, you are almost guaranteed a hummingbird will visit your garden to seek out your nectar source(s).  Hummingbirds and the flowers they pollinate evolved … Continue reading

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Growing Bearded Irises from Seed

There are a number of different methods of planting iris seeds.  The easiest method is to plant them outdoors in a sunny location in rows.  The soil should be prepared the same as that prepared for planting iris rhizomes.  Seeds … Continue reading

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

The most successful hummingbird gardens attract hummingbirds with a combination of feeders and bright, vivid floral displays of red, pink, or orange, purple, blue, and yellow nectar-filled flowers.  This combination not only attracts more hummingbirds, but it also encourages some … Continue reading

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What to Do With a Bearded Iris Seed Pod

After pollen has been placed on the stigmatic lip of the bearded iris seed parent, the pollen grains must then sprout and grow a long, hollow tube down into the ovary where the ovules, or potential seeds, are fertilized.  If … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Irises!

It is possible for even amateurs to create their own irises by hybridizing!  It really is easy because irises are easily pollinated, the seed sets readily, and it is even easy to grow the seed. You never know if your … Continue reading

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