Monday, May 16, 2011

The Hulthemia in the Striped Pajamas

This seedling, code named N210-1, sprouted last year.  It came from a batch of "OP" seeds from one of my earlier repeat blooming Hulthemias.  I have no idea what the pollen parent was, but clearly, this was not the result of a self pollination.  I had been trying for the two previous years to come up with a striped Hulthemia, and though I got a couple of them, neither was as good as this one.



It appears to have a plant habit and quantity of bloom similar to 'Ballerina'.  It has a couple of real bonuses too: it seems to be one of my cleanest Hulthemia seedlings, and it has an abundance of pollen, making it ideal for use in further breeding).  As expected, it has been put to work quite a lot this year.

P.S. This idea was inspired independently by my daughter Claire, who was 10 years old at the time, and by my favorite mentor in rose breeding, Mr. Ralph Moore (forever young at heart), who was 100 years old at the time!

8 comments:

  1. That's wonderful, Jim! So, where does one line up to buy this one? Congratulations! Kim

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  2. This one appears to be a very special rose and a lot of fun. Its beautiful flower with your description of its habit and health sounds like it will be a hit! (sp. correction)

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  3. Stunning! I'm sending a link to this to all my friends who write off roses as boring.

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  4. Wow, Jim, I'm blown away by your photos. Have to admit I'd never heard of Hulthemia until now. Love the red spot and of course the striped ones. How does one get started growing these? Nearly all the hits on Google are you!

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  5. Very nice Jim! I like the dark green foliage, goes well with the light pink petals on the blooms.
    As Always -Great Job!

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  6. Thank you all for the encouraging comments!

    Jim M, Hulthemias are lots of fun! Star Roses is introducing two of them for 2012 that should be good to work with in crosses.

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