Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Rose Germinations - Part 1

They're sprouting!

Above are seedlings of a mini Hulthemia R82-1 crossed with a larger Hulthemia Q247-3.  This seed parent is having the best early germinations so far.  Q247-3 is one of my best Hulthemias and is shown below.

Next, is a seedling from one of my more anticipated crosses, a seedling of 'Midnight Blue' X 'Blue For You'.  The cotyledons have a purplish coloration, so I am hopeful that this suggests that it's blooms will have a nice more purple to blue coloration.  We should get a better idea about it's bloom color in about 8 weeks - I can't wait!


  1. I got some poking' out their heads too! :D

  2. That's great! Best wishes for some nice seedlings!

  3. When I used K-147-2 as a pollen parent, these seedlings were the first to pop up. Curious. Cant wait to see what I get. Your 2015 seedlings are beauties. Love the sprays. The one red is quite the bloomer. Love seeing your photos during the down time.

  4. Thanks Dave! Yes, the pollen parent definitely has an impact on germination rates and speed of germination. I wish that it was easy to make all rose seeds germinate well…..

  5. K-147-2 is doing great but M-17-36 as a pollen parent is going gang busters the past two days. I think it is surpassing all of them. I cant tell you how much joy your clean seedlings are bringing me. Hybridizing with them has produced so many beautiful healthy rose seedlings. Thank you Jim for all the tireless work you have done over the years to produce these clean roses. Thank you for being a great friend.

    1. Thank you Dave! I'm glad that these are giving you some good seedlings. Rose breeding is such a fun hobby, I can't imagine not doing it. Having friends involved in rose breeding just makes it more fun!

  6. I just stumbled upon your blog and I'm blown away...can you tell me where do I get started? Is there still time to setup for this year? Thanks and Kudos!