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Re: "Alpine Geraniums"

  • Subject: Re: [IGSROBIN] "Alpine Geraniums"
  • From: maria guzman <eulen@TAOSNET.COM>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 09:48:47 -0700

Ed et al:

If you scroll down a bit on this page you will discover that both X's are
on the market, and so far this is the best description I've come up with
after over an hour on the web!  Genealogy is not something the average
flower purchaser is interested in, and the few alternatives I've found have
to do with molecular genetics which is pretty much over my head.


>I've been sitting back and watching this exchange. While I really don't know
>much about Balcons, Alpines , Cascades, or whatever other term may be used,
>other than a brochure I saw a few years ago from Wheeler Farms (I believe), I
>still find this discussion confusing.
>Yes, there are crosses between cultivars of Pelargonium peltatum  and the
>common zonal geranium, P.x hortorum. I wouldn't doubt that there are also
>crosses between P. peltatum and  P.zonale, which are both true species, as
>they have the same chromosome number and chromosome size, and are part of the
>same section, Ciconium. P. zonale is considered to have been involved in the
>parentage of the zonal geranium, along with other species.
> I believe the plants in question (Cascades, etc.) are ivy geraniums, but is
>the basket type hanging plant you mentioned a zonale/peltatum cross, or a
>cross between cultivars of
>P.peltatum and P.x hortorum (the zonal geranium)? If it's the former, I'm
>interested in cuttings!
>Ed Olson-Moore

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