echinacea hybridizing howto

espressogeekJuly 7, 2007

Where would I find beginner information on hybriding? I was reading about the chicago botanical gardens and how they were crossing cone flower. I have no idea how to identify a male from a female echinacea. The wiki here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea_purpurea, states that the plants are hermaphroditic but the description of the process here, http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0525/p14s01-liga.html , states otherwise. Can someone please explain this?

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nonmember_gw

disk florets bisexual; ray florets neuter

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 10:09AM
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espressogeek

Can you explain or does someone have a picture? Is there a good beginner home botany type book that I can pick up?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 5:12PM
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maineman(z5a ME)

EG,

"Can you explain or does someone have a picture?"

When the CS Monitor article said, "Ault then brought pollen from a male plant and applied it with an artist's paintbrush to the flowers on the central disk's flowers of the female plant", they probably meant that he brought pollen from a male plant and applied it with an artist's paintbrush to the stigmas of the disk florets of the female flower.

This article has some information on composite flower anatomy.

MM

    Bookmark   August 19, 2007 at 2:24AM
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