Iris color

Karl Church
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 13:28:34 PST
Thanks, that sounds like the most probable answer. I'll follow up with her
next Wednesday.
On Feb 2, 2013 1:21 PM, <> wrote:

> I imagine she hasn't divided them for years.  What happens is they get
> pollinated, she doesn't remove the seed pods, the pods pop open and spill
> all
> among her hybrid iris.  The iris that come up are the strongest toughest
> throw backs to a natural iris color, either yellow or sometimes
> lavender/blue
> or  white.  The only other way this could happen is from a chemical spray
> of
>  some sort.  Chemical sprays usually deform the flowers as well as mess
> with  the colors, but less likely to turn them all the same yellow. To keep
> your  hybrid iris, you must remove the seed pods or ovary which are under
> the
> flower.  It's the thick part above the stem but under the flower. I had a
> lady in my garden who insisted that hers had changed over the years and she
> always removed the seed pods. She was so adamant that I finally asked her
> to show me on one of my blooming plants how she removed it.  She carefully
> took off the flower petals and left a very pregnant seed pod on the stem.
> Carolyn in Los Gatos, CA
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