, R. 1952) Seedling # 53-70. TB, 35" (89 cm). Midseason bloom. Self, light pink with red beard. Fay seedling # 51-29 X T51-60: a 1/8th Pallida seedling from Mary Randall. Fay 1956. High Commendation 1954; Honorable Mention 1956; Judges' Choice 1957; Award of Merit 1958.
| From Fay catalog, 1956: Fleeta (1956) $25.00 No. 53-70--51-29 X T5I -60. A medium light pink self with pinkish red beard, from a Mary Randall seedling which was 1/8 Pallida. This breeding gives Fleeta thickness of petal, and a large completely hardy plant with blue-green foliage. The large flowers are nicely ruffled and are carried on a well-branched strong 37-inch stalk. The standards are swirled together so they do not pop open. The falls flare nicely. Has pollen; sets seed easily. H.C. 1954.
| From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: FLEETA (Fay '56) M-37". A wonderful new pink that has received many favorable comments in AIS & Regional Bulletins. Its pedigree makes it a "must-have" for most hybridizers, for this is one of Fay's first iris to contain the much-sought Pallida blood, which imparts thickness of petal, real hardiness, and a distinctive blue-green foliage. Breathtakingly beautiful, due to its lovely light pink coloring & distinctively ruffled standards & semi-flaring falls; beard pinkish-red; stalks well-branched. Already proving to be a great breeder; has pollen & is seed parent of Court Ballet, New Arrival & Esther Fay. HM 56, AM 58. From Mary Randall sdlg., 1/8 Pallida. Regularly $3.00; on $10 order $1.85; on $25 order $1.25; 3 form $3.20; 10 for $9.60.
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.
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