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Re: AB 95-15-3

In a message dated 4/20/2004 7:51:36 PM Mountain Daylight Time, chris.darlington@sympatico.ca writes:
I think I like the form of the sibling better.  I don't think I like the
open standards as much  but I assume the these are your preference
because they resemble their ancestors more.   Am I correct in assuming
this ? 

Some aril species have domed standards.  Some closed and ruffled ones.  Others erect, and still others wide open.  So I work with a variety of forms. 

Other factors being equal [such as strong midrib & good substance] the open standards take the wind the best.  In this case, the seedling in the background had already been blown down.  Think of it in terms of a lever arm -- cross-sectional area multiplied by distance above ground.  Smaller flowers on shorter stalks, like the tetraploid 3/4-breds, can take more wind than larger flowers on taller stalks. 

There's also the consideration of pattern.  Prominent style arms are a desirable aril trait.  Contrasting style arms or those with intricate patterns are better seen through somewhat open standards.

Sharon McAllister

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