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Re: hybridizing

Dear Alby:   Thanks for the long reply.  It is encouraging, and I am familiar with what you describe about ripe pollen/receptive stigmas.  The photo of P.asha is very interesting and also encouraging!  I have some species seedlings about to bloom and have ordered more seed from IGS, as I particularly want to try crossing hybrids back to selected species.  

What is the parentage of those colored leaves just beneath the pic of P. asha?  Or is that an indiscreet question?

Another question:  is Pelargoniums: A Gardener's Guide to the Species and their Hybrids and Cultivars a worthwhile book?  Any others out there dealing with the species?


>You have to be very observant and ready to pounce when you have the right
>combination of ripe pollen and receptive stigmas.
>I was lucky to have successfully crossed P.havlasae with P. rodneyanum last
>year as the two species usually flower at slightly different times of the
>year but last year there was a crossover flowering period.P.rodneyanum
>rarely sets seed but P.havlasae is much more cooperative so I concentrated
>on rodneyanum as the pollen parent and havlasae as the seed parent. I have
>pics of the parents and the result on my web page for any who may be
>interested (New hybrids link)

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