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■(TB) 'Cheerio'

1934, Ayres

'Cheerio' (Dr. Wylie McLean Ayres, R. 1931) TB. 40-inch. Midseason bloom. Color Class S9D. 'Indian Chief' x Unknown. Honorable Mention 1936; Award of Merit 1938; Award of Merit R.H.S. 1939. Ayers 1934, Quality Gardens 1934, Schreiner 1934.
1949 Checklist, p.70 - Adds registration date of 1931, updates citations and awards, adds synonyms: Cherio (Rockmont 1940); Cherrio.

Additional nursery listings: Salbach 1939; Wayman 1943; Cooley 1945.

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Citations: A.I.S. Bulletin 63:63(Oct. 1936); A.I.S. Bulletin 71:37(Oct. 1938); A.I.S. Bulletin 73:67(Apr. 1939); Journal, Royal Horticultural Society 65:263(Aug 1940).
From Schreiners Iris catalog, 1934: CHEERIO (Ayres '33). A very pleasing rosy red Iris. Flower of fine size, medium height. A distinct advance toward red, of a warm tone approach; a distinct bi-color with very red velvety falls. Instead of an undertone of purple this Iris has a pleasing warm brown undertone. Favorably mentioned in bulletin No. 49 of the American Iris Society. $25.00.
From Carl Salbach catalog, 1939: In general effect, Cheerio is a red--one of the very reddest in existence. Actually, the standards are red, flushed dull gold. Tall and rich, and having a very smooth finish. Considered one of Dr. Ayers' best creations.
Cheerio: (Ayres). More nearly a variegata. Falls glowing clean red—if standards were same color would be a wonder. A fine iris nevertheless. Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 16.
This brings us to the reds. Here I would want again CHEERIO (22), as a red bicolor; CHRISTABEL (23), as a red self, and RADIANT (24), as an orange and copper bicolor. CHEERIO has most of its color in the falls, but these are very red. Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I Would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89 (April 1943), 16.
Cheerio is a brilliant bicolor, with a rather small blossom. The red falls have a golden overtone and just a hint of the rosy bronze of the standards around the edge. A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris, A.I.S. Bulletin 110:55/July 1948]
Wayman, 1943: Cheerio—40 in. Super red tone. See illustration, Page 3. 0.50c.
Cooley's 1945: CHEERIO (Ayres, 1934). In the red class this has no peer at the same price. It is tall, vigorous, dependable, and a striking red iris in the garden. It holds the same position in this color that California Gold does amongst the yellows. Each 30c.
See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Note difference color intensity of standards between these images. Wister%20Iris%20127%20--%20Iris%20Cheerio%20May%208%2c%201945.jpg Wister%20Iris%20128%20--%20Iris%20Cheerio%20May%208%2c%201945.jpg


Cherrio, Cherio.


Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.

BobPries - 21 Apr 2019

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Cheerio01.JPGJPG Cheerio01.JPG manage 67 K 10 Dec 2014 - 21:01 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
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Cheerio12BHI.jpgjpg Cheerio12BHI.jpg manage 78 K 15 Apr 2012 - 18:10 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
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Topic revision: r32 - 13 Aug 2021, TLaurin
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