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An open area for zonal breeding

  • Subject: [IGSROBIN] An open area for zonal breeding
  • From: "Roth, Barry" <BRoth@BROBECK.COM>
  • Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 15:45:55 -0700

It seems to me that an almost completely unexploited area in zonal
pelargonium breeding is muted or "broken" flower colors (what orchid
breeders sometimes call "art shades").  This would include beiges, sandy
pinks, and mauve shades.  Obviously, pure bright colors have been a
traditional strength of garden geraniums, but this could introduce a whole
range of subtle shades.  One route, I believe, would be to breed for green
tones in the petals, which would then visually blend with the red, orange,
and purplish pigments that produce the familiar array of colors.  Green has
customarily been considered a flaw -- something to be got rid of when, for
instance, you want a pure white or a clean pale pink.  But might it not be a
feature to help produce some interesting new effects?

Barry Roth


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