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One way Iris reproduce is by growing side increases (usually 3-4) like eyes on a potato. These eyes grow into fully mature rhizomes in one year. This is known as asexual (or vegetative) reproduction. How are new Iris plants made? Another way Iris reproduce is by seed propagation. Anyone can hybridize Iris from seed. All that's needed is a little basic information on where the pollen is found and where to put it. Growing Iris from seed culture produces new varieties genetically. How do you hybridize with pollen? To produce a new hybrid, pick the pollen bearing anther from the center of the flower. Rub the pollen on the top of the stigma of another Iris flower. Your chances of a successful pollination will be better if you put pollen on all other stigmas. Label your pollinated flower by attaching a tag bearing the names of which Iris parents you used. If the pollination is successful, the ovary, which is just below the flower, will begin to grow after a week and develop into a seedpod. ... more
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