Monday, March 25, 2013

First Blooms - First Culls 2013

The seedling benches are beginning to fill out with much new growth.  It is now time to start culling (eliminating) the lesser desirable seedlings.

As noted on "the tour" in the last post, one seedling was about to bloom.  The bud was a light pink that quickly faded to white.  As promised its photo is posted below and as you can see, it is an unremarkable rose and didn't have the Hulthemia blotch (sorry for the blurry photo).

This seedling, together with eight other new seedlings was culled (see photo below).  As can be seen in the top photo, there is not much room for all of the seedlings that have sprouted to grow to full maturity.  This necessitates eliminating seedlings that are not improvements or not novel enough for further evaluation.  As the seedlings mature, there will only be enough room for about 100 seedlings per seedling bench.  As you can see, I have my work cut out for me in the next several weeks as the seedlings start blooming like crazy. It will be fun to find those special few that will deserve much further evaluation over the years to come.

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