Sunday, January 10, 2016

What New Roses Await in 2016?

The seedling beds are all planted again and ready to go!

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!


  1. Darlows x KO and Fourth of July x KO are really entrusting.

  2. Hi Coach Gonzo, thank you, yes, I am looking forward to these and have already had some germinations of these seeds. I like RADsweet (AKA 'Alaska') as much as KO and have crosses by both DE and FOJ with it also.