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■(TB) 'Launching Pad'

1967, Knopf

'Launching Pad' (Maynard Knopf, R. 1966). Seedling# 65-16. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y4Wcm, standards sulphur lemon; falls white rimmed sulphur lemon. 'Valimar' X 'Denver Mint'. Knopf, Tell 1967. Honorable Mention 1968; Award of Merit 1970; Awarded Premio Firenze 1970.

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From Knopf Iris Gardens catalog,1967: LAUNCHING PAD: Sdlg. No. 65-16 TB 36" M. Season. Valimar x Denver Mint. Another hardy grower from our Denver Mint line. A magnificent flaring flower done in Sulphur Lemon with white falls rimmed with sulphur Lemon. Bright orange beard. The substance is very good with smooth texture. You will fall in love with this one. Net $25.00
LAUNCHING PAD (Knopf '67). "An attention-getting newcomer to many Midwest gardens, being an unusual and intense combination of lemon yellow in the standards and white falls bordered a deep bright yellow, finished off with a full red-orange beard. As examined for two seasons is producing vigorous, healthy plants with strong stalks. Planted in mass, should be a most startling landscape variety. Seems to vary in its ability to produce a proper number of branches and buds." [Roger R. Nelson (Wayne, Nebraska), “An Extra Dimension” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 196, (January 1970): 7.]
If it is your desire to win Best in Show, then I suggest you try LAUNCHING PAD. This well-branched iris displays three flowers at one time on every stalk. The yellow standards and white falls edged yellow and set off by a red-orange beard make a gorgeous sight. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 10.]
Historic Iris Preservation Society link.


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 - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Launching01.jpgjpg Launching01.jpg manage 60 K 06 Mar 2015 - 03:42 TerryLaurin Photo by Bryce Williamson-Campbell-California-USA
LaunchingPad01.JPGJPG LaunchingPad01.JPG manage 51 K 25 Nov 2014 - 21:52 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
LaunchingPad010.JPGJPG LaunchingPad010.JPG manage 77 K 21 Aug 2021 - 15:24 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
LaunchingPad02.jpgjpg LaunchingPad02.jpg manage 53 K 28 Mar 2014 - 15:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
LaunchingPad03.jpgjpg LaunchingPad03.jpg manage 128 K 28 Feb 2017 - 15:19 TerryLaurin Photo by Glanavon Iris Patch-New Zealand
LaunchingPad05.JPGJPG LaunchingPad05.JPG manage 152 K 25 Aug 2016 - 21:10 TerryLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
Launching_Pad_Knopf_1967.JPGJPG Launching_Pad_Knopf_1967.JPG manage 69 K 17 Dec 2009 - 17:58 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
Launching_Pad_fl.jpgjpg Launching_Pad_fl.jpg manage 62 K 17 Feb 2011 - 18:03 IrisP  
bLaunchingPad_by_JanLauritzen.jpgjpg bLaunchingPad_by_JanLauritzen.jpg manage 69 K 25 Feb 2011 - 08:02 Main.janlauritzen Taken in my garden in Southern California...[Don't think this is correct]
launchingpad02.JPGJPG launchingpad02.JPG manage 390 K 28 Apr 2017 - 19:48 TerryLaurin Photo by Wisconsin Iris Society
launchingpad03.jpgjpg launchingpad03.jpg manage 65 K 10 Jun 2014 - 21:48 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
launchingpad04.jpgjpg launchingpad04.jpg manage 105 K 10 Jun 2014 - 21:50 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
launchingpad1.jpgjpg launchingpad1.jpg manage 129 K 29 Mar 2016 - 15:59 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
launchingpad2.jpgjpg launchingpad2.jpg manage 115 K 31 Mar 2016 - 02:17 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
launchingpad5.JPGJPG launchingpad5.JPG manage 237 K 26 Apr 2024 - 15:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
launchingpad50.JPGJPG launchingpad50.JPG manage 141 K 26 Apr 2024 - 15:26 TerryLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
Topic revision: r35 - 26 Apr 2024, TerryLaurin
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