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HYB: MTB-class AB Rebloomers

  • Subject: HYB: MTB-class AB Rebloomers
  • From: Sharon McAllister <73372.1745@compuserve.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 21:15:50 -0500
  • Content-Disposition: inline

From: Sharon McAllister <73372.1745@compuserve.com>

Cindy Rust wrote:

>  Sharon, do
>  you have any suggestions (or any other aril/arilbred expert on this
>  for breeders for my daughter's hard to reach goal of hybridizing in
>  MTBs that rebloom reliably and carry aril like traits? Particularly,
>  aril species should she be looking to, and which arilbreds?

To keep the flowers within MTB size, she should probably concentrate on
regelia species and regeliabreds.  There ARE some small-flowered oncos, but
this has not been a desirable trait, historically speaking, so it's
difficult to get MTB-size flowers with many onco traits.  I've managed to
get some 3/4-breds that fit the specs for MTB-size, but because they have
low bud count they simply don't look "right" -- so I haven't introduced

The reblooming trait is going to have to come from the other parent, so she
should concentrate on reblooming MTBs.  

I've found that the color/pattern of the non-arilbred parent is actually
more important than that of the arilbred parent when it comes to getting
aril traits in the offspring -- so I'd suggest concentrating on plicata and
bicolors MTBs.

As for the arilbred parent, I'd suggest crossing any RB, like Danielson's
MTB that meets the above criteria.

An even better approach would be to cross I. stolonifera with desirable
MTBs, to produce in-class breeders that could then be  crossed with
reblooming MTBs in hopes of obtaining reblooming MTB-class quarterbreds.

Yes -- it's an ambitious project!

Sharon McAllister

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