Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Rose Seedlings Showing First Buds

I am rather excited about this year's crop of new rose seedlings.  Among the just over 48,000 rose seeds that were planted, 60% of them were the result of at least one Hulthemia parent (see description of Hulthemia Roses).  I am hopeful that something special will show up among the seedlings this year.

Last year, I made very few entries in the blog, thinking that I really needed to come up with something profound to say before actually posting something.  This year, I have decided to be more informal and just chronicle the development of this new batch of seedlings.  In that way, this will be more of a journey that will reflect real time.  Those joining me will discover with me the new seedlings as they present themselves.  I hope that you will get the same kind of enjoyment that I do in seeing one of a kind, never before seen roses that are both novel and beautiful, blooming for the first time.

So, the very first rose bud that I observed this year occurred on 3-10-11.  You can see the small flower bud in the photo below.

The above seedling is from a cross of a 'Midnight Blue' seedling acting as the seed parent, having the parentage of 'Midnight Blue' X {[('Orangeade' X 'Abraham Darby') X 'Midnight Blue'] X [('Stainless Steel' X 'Purple Tiger') X 'Baby Love']}, crossed with a new Hulthemia seedling from last year.  From this stage of development, it usually takes new seedlings about 3 to 4 weeks for them to actually bloom for the first time.

Over the last 10 days since the first rose bud was noticed, there are many more rose seedlings beginning to produce their first flower buds.  The next photo taken on 3-19-11 (see below), is of a non-Hulthemia seedling, coming from a cross of 'Pearl Sanford' X <{'Halo Today' X ['Geisha' X ('Tobo' X 'Singin' in the Rain')]} X 'Thrive!'>.  The seed parent, 'Pearl Sanford', a pink blend exhibition type mini rose that blooms in clusters, has been my most prolific mini seed parent for the last 5 years.  The pollen parent, presented by the parentage within the "<" and the ">", is a red single mini, that appears to be extremely clean.  I am hoping for some clean red exhibition type minis and perhaps some pink blend informal type mini bushes that have good cleanliness and blooming power.  The seedling below appears quite sturdy and at this early stage resembles the pollen parent.

As the weeks go by, I will update photos of these two seedlings along with photos of others from this new batch of seedlings for 2011.  A warning though:  please do not get attached to either of the two seedlings above.  About 75% or more of new seedlings are discarded after their first bloom for various reasons (see Seedling Evaluation).  Whether or not these seedlings make the cut, so to speak, there will be some in the seedling benches that will be saved for further evaluation in the years to come.  Stay tuned!


  1. Wow 48,000 seeds! That is remarkable. I wish you the best of luck in your efforts and will enjoy following your progess.

  2. Hi Scott, thanks! Are you a rose breeder? It's a lot of fun. If you haven't joined the Rose Hybridizers' Association group, you might want to check them out!

  3. No, but it is an interest and I have been planning to give it a try either this year or next. Last year I collected open polinated hips from Unconditional Love (about 50 seeds in all). I sowed them in a protected bed a couple of weeks ago. Seemed like a good first step. I have been reading the Rose Hybridizers Forum but have never joined. I thought it would be good to actually try it before joining.