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■(TB) 'Surf Rider'

1972, Tucker

'Surf Rider' (James Tucker, R. 1970). Seedling# 741A. TB, 37" (94 cm), Early to late bloom. Standards blue-white, slightly deeper infusion of blue at base; falls blue-white; white beard tipped orange. Seedling# 55-K: ('Stepping Out' x seedling# 320A) X 'Joy Dancer'. Southern Meadows 1972. Honorable Mention 1973; Award of Merit 1975.

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From AIS Bulletin #205 April 1972 Introducing SURF RIDER (Tucker '72). 40". EML. (55K X JOY DANCER) White with a light blue infusion on lower part of standards. 11-12 buds perfectly arranged. A strong vigorous plant. Probably the best introduction we have ever made. HC '70. $35.00. Southern Meadows Garden.

SURF RIDER (Tucker) is a very smooth pale blue with a violet cast. The color is more intense in the center of the flower. Blooms are ruffled, flared, of great width, and at least eight of them on a good stalk. [Hal Stahly, AIS Bulletin #210 July 1973:33]

Another pleasant surprise for us was SURF RIDER (Tucker, 1972). It is a reverse blue amoena attempt similar to SEA VENTURE, but much larger, taller, and rounder in form. The tone of blue is somewhat different from SEA VENTURE'S. Well-branched in every garden, and excellent plant habits. We now see why it received such a sound HM last year. [Dyer, Perry. “Roanoke 1974, and Points West.” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society. 221 (July 1974): 30.]


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.

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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-01-01
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Surf_Rider__Tucker_1972.JPGJPG Surf_Rider__Tucker_1972.JPG manage 58 K 01 Jan 2010 - 11:07 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
surfrider01.jpgjpg surfrider01.jpg manage 153 K 21 Nov 2015 - 16:28 UnknownUser Photo by Barry Blyth-Australia
surfrider02.JPGJPG surfrider02.JPG manage 284 K 26 Aug 2017 - 02:34 UnknownUser Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
Topic revision: r14 - 10 Aug 2023, Harloiris
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