Nerine Hybrids

J.E. Shields
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 06:32:54 PST
Hi all,

My Nerine bowdenii and N. sarniensis have just about finished blooming.  I 
was wondering if anyone here knows whether hybrids between bowdenii and 
sarniensis have ever been made?

I bought one small collection of the Smithers-Rothschild sarniensis hybrids 
from Nicholas de Rothschild this past spring, and 4 of the 7 bulbs have 
bloomed or are about to bloom.  I also have N. bowdenii 'Nikita' in bloom; 
this one is a nice light pink color on a typical bowdenii flower.  So I 
took some pollen from bowdenii 'Nikita' and put it on a couple flowers of 
sarniensis 'Kofranek', which is also a nice very light pink color.  Since 
there were several sarniensis hybrids in bloom together, I'm not sure who 
the pollen parent will have been if I get seeds on the 'Kofranek'.

I've also applied some of the 'Kofranek' pollen to 'Nikita'.  Wish me luck!

I've never gotten seeds formed from pollinating bowdenii X krigei or the 
reverse, nor from laticoma x krigei nor the reverse.  Has anyone here 
gotten other interspecific hybrids in Nerine?  I'd like to hear about it.

Jim Shields
in chilly central Indiana (USA), where it is snowing lightly

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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