Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Basye's Thornless" Seedlings - Burgundy Canes and Glossy Foliage

In 2013, I selected several repeat blooming seedlings of Basye's Thornless that came from crosses that I made in the previous year with a wide variety of other things including some of my Hulthemias and non-Hulthemia minis.  One of my favorite crosses was L56-1 X Basye's Thornless.  L56-1 resulted from a cross of {'Halo Today' X ['Geisha' X ('Tobo' X 'Singin' in the Rain')]} X 'Thrive!'.  It is a single red mini shown here.

I am still keeping about 10 of the seedlings resulting from the L56-1 X Basye's Thornless cross, two are shown below.  The first of the two is quite fertile as a seed parent and there are several new seedlings coming from it this year that will be blooming soon for the first time.

Basye's Thornless conveys cleanliness (good resistance to both black spot and powdery mildew), and fewer thorns to it's offspring.  Also, as seen in other seedlings of it in this link: Winter, Spring or Fall?, it frequently produces seedlings that give added interest when the plants enter dormancy, since many of its seedlings produce colorful hips and striking fall color.  If you haven't already tried it, Basye's Thornless is definitely worth considering as an addition to your mix of rose parents in your rose breeding program.  


  1. Perfect symmetry in that red bloom.

  2. Thanks Dave! L56-1 has been a good seed parent for me - has good cleanliness and germination. It tends to produce fewer petals in it's seedlings, but confers good cleanliness.