Question about branching

Nancy zone 6May 28, 2012

I mentioned yesterday how one of my seedlings has lots of buds. I counted 22 & 18 yesterday, but I went out this morning & realized I left off a branch on one scape & actually has at least 27 buds. Looks like there may still be more developing so possibly 30. I don't know if you can tell much by my picture, can you tell me how many branches this would be?

From this seedling

Another new seedling bloomed today

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Wonderful branching! I will leave it to the experts to tell you how many branches there are. The flower is very pretty also!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:01PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

It must be either 4 or 5? Pretty seedlings!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:02PM
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Ask Debra and Floota and Julia. I know they know all about them...Lynx too, Avedon, Ellie, probably Rita for sure. I know I have misse some names here. Experts.

I have decided I know nothing. All of my blathering about blooming slowing down and peak being over...then I walk out to a bloom fest this morning. I know nothing!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 3:04PM
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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

This may or may not actually jibe with the AHS definition, but my opinion is that there are 3 true side branches and some top branching. In any case, that scape has excellent branching.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 6:12PM
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shive(6b TN)

You have three-way branching. Whatever branching is on top - (y (two) or w(three) - counts as ONE for the official bud count. So you have a y for top branching and then two side laterals for three-way branching.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 6:20PM
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Nancy zone 6

Thanks everyone! I've often wondered about branching, it seems very confusing. I really wasn't sure whether to call it 3 or 4 :) I'm just very excited, I don't get bud counts like this in my garden. Could be a one time thing though. I have some plants that supposedly get 30 or so but I'm lucky to get 20 buds.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 6:28PM
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shive(6b TN)

I would be super excited if I had those bud counts too! Twenty-seven on a scape is terrific! The most buds I've ever gotten on one of my seedlings is 23, and that was in year we had the flood.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 9:22AM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

I'd certainly be doing the happy dance about that one. A pretty face on a great plant. What could be better? I'll never figure out branching either.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:20PM
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