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Re: Urchin

  • Subject: Re: Urchin
  • From: maria guzman mirror@3RIVERS.NET
  • Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 18:23:55 -0600

Thanks Sandy - I'll see if the 1983 issue is available.  I asked because
I'd love to have some idea of what might emerge by selfing or continued
crossing.   There's certainly no compatibility problem between Formosums
and "normal" pellies, and yes the Stellars are also just another form of
the latter.  In my limited experience the Formosum leaf pattern seems to be
dominant when crossed with a non-Formosum, whereas the Stellar is not
always so.

       aka Gregor Mendel, not

>    While reading back issues of GATW, I came across the following for
>you regarding 'Urchin.'
>    In GATW Winter 1984, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, page 3, is an article by Faye
>Brawner on 'Urchin', a dwarf Finger Flowered (Formosum) hybrid developed
>by the late Holmes Miller, the noted hybridizer.
>    She says that it ws custom designed, not a chance occurrence.  He
>had a large Formosum in his nursery and his wife made a remark that it
>would be nice if there was a plant that had the leaf and flower of
>Formosum, but was dwarf, with red flowers.  So, he set out to fill her
>request and it was a long process, involving many corsses and
>re-crosses.  There is more, of course, but nothing of the parentage
>other than it was Formosum.
>    Also of interest is an article by Faye Brawner in the Summer 1983
>GATW, Vol.XXXI, No. 2 (curious numbering on these journals), entitled:
>A Tale of Two Flowers - or Unmasking the Mystery.  It is on the history
>of the Stellars and of the Formosum.  You might find it very intersting.
>    I think that since the time of these articles there has been genetic
>testing and both fall into the category of Pelargonium X hortorum.

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