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What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

Posted by sun_worshiper FL 9b (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 14:23

My in ground plant has two spikes about to open. They consistently bloom now rather than spring. So my question - will crosses retain that late bloom season, or will the offspring be spring bloomers? Has anyone tried? I've got johnsonii, voodoo and several noid heirloom pollens I could try. What do you think?

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RE: What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

It's the nature of the beast for San Antonio Rose to bloom July-August. As far as passing on the late bloom to offspring, it's iffy. SAR is an F1 hybrid between the winter-hardy H. aulicum var. stenopetalum and the now-extinct Brazilian H. traubii f. doraniae. Regardless of the SAR's bloom time, the seedlings will revert to a mish-mash of traits between those two species and whatever you cross it with. I'd think the chances are slim that you'll get one with the desired bloom time. BUT...genetics being what they are, you might get lucky. You might weight the throw of the dice in your favor by selfing your SAR with it's own pollen. IF both the parent specie are late blooming ( I honestly don't know), then your seedlings should be, too.


RE: What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

Thanks for the great info John! Doing some googling, it seems San Antonio Rose may not set seed at all. I'm pretty sure I tried selfing it last time it bloomed with no luck. Anyone know the bloom season of traubii? I think I'll try crossing with some of my latest spring bloomers and see what happens.

RE: What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

My traubi bloomed about the same time as San Antonio Rose. It took about 5 years in the ground before it bloomed for the first time last year.

RE: What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

Thank you Maida! If Traubii blooms late too, then seems like there is a decent chance of a cross being a late bloomer. Now to see if anything takes!

RE: What to pollinate San Antonio Rose with?

San Antonio Rose is one I'd like to add to my collection someday... it's on my list of "must have's"! It's very beautiful, as varieties go!

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