First each group of crosses were planted together and tags were placed to indicate the parentage of each cross.
Next, a top dressing of perlite was used to cover the newly planted seeds. This is done to provide a dryer surface layer to help prevent a fungus from growing that is deadly to new seedlings, called "damp off".
This year we planted just under 41,000 seeds. Some of my most anticipated crosses are listed below. J76-3 is 'Thrive!', and I206 is 'First Impression'. G168-2 is 'Thrive!'s seed parent and Q117-3 is a thornless remontant seedling coming from a a seedling of 'Thrive!' known as L56-1 crossed with "Basye's Thornless". Q220-1 is a seedling of 'Midnight Blue' X "Basye's Thornless". I am especially hopeful for something interesting coming from the cross of Q220-1 X 'Blue For You'.
We should have the first blooms in about 8 weeks. I can't wait!