Monday, February 24, 2014

2014 Sprouts!

Getting such a late start this year I was very happy to find that the rose seeds had already begun sprouting yesterday.  I counted about 30 brand new sprouts, and was very pleased to see that the cross with the most germinations, 12 of them, came from one of my newer Hulthemia seedlings (new seedling in 2011 code-named "O-04") that was crossed with 'Blue for You' pollen.  O-04 is a complex Hulthemia cross that has 'Eyeconic Lychee Lemonade' as a grandparent.  Despite the late start, I think that we should have as many seedlings as usual.  The main downside is that they will start to bloom at the peak of hybridizing season.  Should be exciting!


  1. Yeah! Good to see them emerging. You might want to take a note of how many damp offs you get in comparison to a planting in January like last year. Maybe the later planting will minimize the damp off problem.

    The main downside is that they will start to bloom at the peak of hybridizing season. Downside?

  2. Yes, I am so glad the germinations are beginning very rapidly. The downside is that usually I get a large number of seedling blooms in March, so can do a lot of culling without having to divide time with making new crosses. Our peak hybridizing season is mid-April and that is when the new seedlings will start blooming.

  3. Very interesting. I saw that the rose society posted a photo of a miniature rose you hybridized today called Sam Trivitt. Do you sell your roses? if so how do I purchase them? good luck with your plants. I look forward to reading about your progress.

  4. Hi Abigail,

    Thank you for your comments! 'Sam Trivitt' is named in honor of one of my early mentors (please see my first post). Sorry, I do not sell plants. I really like this miniature and have brought it back into my hybridizing program.