Each year we have several plants from other hybridizers that we purchase for adding different genetics to our hybridizing program. In the last 2 years we bought 6 – 10 plants each year for hybridizing. Some of the plants are:
Fringy, Shamrock Dew, Kings Solomon’s Treasure, Magical Marrakesh – Stamile
Dovealicious and Force to be Reckoned With – Nicole Harry
Velvet Throne – Petit
Venus Fly Trap – Gossard
Kings Solomons Treasure – Holmes
Briar Patch – Grace
This winter, Magical Marrakesh, Shamrock Dew, and Dovealicious did well in the basement. Briar Patch grew OK but was typically blotchy. Velvet Throne was new this fall and did send up a scape – the first two flowers so far have been narrow without an edge. I hope the flowers look better when the plant is bigger. Below is a picture seedling 78-1, Magical Marrakesh, and 23-3. The two seedlings are at least as nice as Magical Marrakesh.
Just as I do not judge seedlings in the basement, the same is true for named cultivars. Some plants struggle with the bloom cycle in the basement and don’t bloom in the basement or the following summer. Some look different until the plants get larger and bloom outside.