Saturday, May 19, 2012

New 2012 Hulthemia Seedlings

There are a few new Hulthemia seedlings that have bloomed this year that have gotten my attention.  Below, I have included photos of two of them.

The first seedling shown below highlights how a lighter coloring around the blotch gives it better definition.


The next seedling, although it doesn't have a lighter color area surrounding the blotch, because the blotch is so large, it appears almost like a target.  If maturity causes the blotch to become 3 times as large and more intense (which is usually seen as Hulthemias mature), there will only be a smaller fringe of lighter pink when the seedling blooms outside next Spring.  I am hoping that this second seedling has good blotch color heat stability - we should know if that is the case in the next few weeks.

10 comments:

  1. I love the first one. Very nice job, Jim.

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  2. Hi Rev Roses,

    Thank you! Hulthemias are proving to have a lot of fun color variations.

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  3. That first once is very eye catching, Jim. It reminds me of a fractal.

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  4. Hi Simon,

    Thank you! I remain amazed at the variation in how the Hulthemia blotch is displayed on different seedlings. I predict an explosion in rose petal color variation over the next 10-15 years. It will be fun to see how the variations appear on the various types of roses - single vs many petalled, large flowered vs small, cupped vs exhibition form, etc., etc.

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  5. The lighter color surrounding the blotch definitely makes it more striking.

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  6. I wonder what you would get if you crossed this rose with 4th of july. That would be neat if you got this coloration and stripes in a climber with sprays like 4th of july.

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  7. Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your comments! 'Fourth of July' has been tried with other Hulthemias but seems to resist the blotch. Other stripes have worked better.

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  8. Good heavens! I haven't looked at these in several years, and you've come a long way since then. These flowers look like prize hibiscus!

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