First azalea seedling bloom ever for me.

jon_z6bApril 22, 2011

My first bloom- ever, from my hybridization attempts of azalea. I'm really happy with it.

Probably Gibralter x Admiral Semmes

(What I think is) Gibralter is the more orange flower. I think the flowers on my seedling are larger than those on Gibralter!

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Very Nice! Here is a photo of admiral semmes:

Your seedling looks a little like the Western species Occidentale which doesn't survive on the East Coast.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 8:48AM
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jon_z6b

Thank you. I'm really happy with it.
From seed to bloom in just over two years- so it's doing pretty good.

This was the foliage from the beginning of last year- it has a definite Gibralter character.

With the first batch of seedlings I selected against a spot disease that is prevalent in my yard. So the seedlings I kept showed some resistance to this but then last year by the end of the summer 90% of those developed rust (but not all!). I think the reason I never noticed rust before is normally the azaleas would have already been defoliated from the spot disease before the rust could show. If I have enough time to work at it, I will continue to breed and select for disease resistance. I have another fresh batch of seedlings again this year. I would also like to get a blotch or spots in there!

the short neck came from Gibralter but the long stigma and pistols came from elsewhere...

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 2:27PM
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jon_z6b

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 5:25PM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

Sorry, the photo of Admiral Semmes is:

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 12:08PM
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