Today I finished bringing the 2013 seeds parents into the greenhouse. I will be using at least this many additional seed parents outdoors, however, I like to bring the ones that I will be mainly focusing on into the greenhouse.
The seedlings are continuing to sprout at a very rapid pace. Today there were 13,392. You may be wondering, "did he really count them all?" Well not quite. For the early germinators, I just counted the seedlings that had clearly sprouted since I last counted them. However, for the later germinating groups I did count them all. I will probably only do one more count - and that will only be of seedling lots that still haven't germinated well. So why count them at all? Each year I like to evaluate germination rates especially of seedlings that set hips well that I haven't used for breeding yet. Since germination rates are sometimes 0% even when hundreds of seeds are planted of a particular variety, I do not want to waste time doing crosses on those roses.
The rose forest is beginning to grow.