■(TB) 'Debby Rairdon'
(Mrs. Hilbert Kuntz
, R. 1964). Seedling 59-2. TB, height 36" (91 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Color Class-W5Y, Subdued yellow with white on reverse side; falls pearly white with white on reverse side. Parentage unknown. Noyd 1965. Honorable Mention 1966; Judges Choice 1967; Award of Merit 1968; American Dykes Medal 1971
| From AIS Bulletin #178, July 1965. Introducing DEBBY RAIRDON (Kuntz) 34" E-L. The closed wavy standards are subdued yellow with white on the reverse side. The round, wavy, horizontal falls are pearly white with yellow on the reverse side. Very heavy substance. (Parentage unknown. The pod parent was a good pink.) Net 25.00. Noyd's Iris Garden.
| In the Luihn garden we observed an iris numbered 59-2, and "flipped." The standards are white-edged yellow, and the falls are similar, with the substance like wax. We later learned this iris is named DEBBY RAIRDON (Kuntz '65), and has been introduced by Luella Noyd. [Joseph Ghio, “The 1965 Iris Season in Review,” Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 179 (October 1965): 82.]
| This year's winner, DEBBY RAIRDON, was completely acceptable here. With perhaps the most perfect form in irisdom, this pale yellow and white is outstanding in other ways too. Its heavy substance lets it take our gusty spring winds without a tear. Branching is not as elegant as in some other varieties, but is adequate considering the height of the stalks. Although this iris is of unknown parentage, it is apparently from pinks, since all its sibs are pink and several descendants from it, including Noyd's 'LUCKY NUMBER' and 'SANDBERRY', are also pink. A hybridizer who gets a clear pink with Debby's form has a winner. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 9.]
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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.
- 21 Apr 2019
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