Saturday, December 3, 2011

Smooth Hulthemias

If you have experience with 'Tigris' (the common ancestor to all of my Hulthemia hybrids), you know that it is anything but smooth.  In fact, with it's rambling habit, it seems to actually reach out and grab onto you when you walk by it.  It's curved pickles make it especially difficult to disentangle yourself from it.  Although I have had a few Hulthemia seedlings along the way that have been quite smooth, most of them had smaller nearly indistinct blotches.  Though not always the case, the seedlings with the better blotches seem to have the more prickly stems.

In the photo below, is a seedling that I have liked for it's blotch size and unusual coloring.  The second photo shows it's characteristically prickly stem in greater detail.  Though it is fully remontant, it's habit is reminiscent of the earlier once blooming types, having canes ambling all over the place.

Because of the thorny connection to good blotches, I was very pleased this year to find the seedling show below.  Though it is closer to a mini in size, it has one of the largest and darkest blotches that I have seen to date.  And if you look closely, you will not see any thorns along it's stems or peduncles.  As an added bonus, it has very good blotch heat stability.  The last photo, taken in cooler weather to show the intensity of the blotch, is unfortunately not very clear since it was taken with my iPhone 3GS.


  1. Wow! Love the wonderful new roses you are creating, and this one is a beauty too! I recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed your updates. As soon as I saw your Eyeconic Pink Lemonade for sale I ordered one for me and one for a special nephew. I hope to see many more of these unique roses on the market before long.

  2. Hi Sally,

    Thank you for your encouraging words. It has been great fun breeding roses for the last several years. My favorite group to work with has been the Hulthemias.

  3. I also really enjoy the Hulthemia blotch on some of the striped roses you have been working with--Just lovely!

  4. Super gorgeous Jim! I have both of your previous hulthemias. Can't wait to get this one!

  5. How neat Jim! Amazing you can increase the size and intensity of the blotch while reducing or eliminating the prickles, isn't it? Congratulations! I agree with Aprille, can't wait to grow this! Thanks!

  6. Hi Sally,

    I made many crosses this year between Hulthemias and striped roses, so hopefully, there will be some more striped Hulthemia hybrids to look at this Spring.

    Hi Aprille and Kim,

    Thank you for your comments. I am sending it out for evaluation, but don't know whether it is a "finished product" yet. It looks like it might gain a couple of petals and I think that would improve it's look. I guess that one of the fun things about this hobby is the challenge to get all of the good traits into one seedling!

    Jim Sproul

  7. Oh Wonderful!! I would be really excited to see some of the striped ones make the market one of these years!