Haemanthus hybrids

J.E. Shields jshields104@insightbb.com
Thu, 12 Dec 2002 14:57:49 PST
Hi all,

I have seeds ripening on Haemanthus albiflos pollinated with H. humilis 
hirsutus, which happened to be blooming at exactly the same time.  I've 
already mentioned that I had at that time pollinated the H. humilis 
hirsutus with fresh pollen of H. coccineus.  Those seeds ripened about a 
month ago and are now growing under lights.

There were only 2 or 3 seeds per berry in the [humilis hirsutus X 
coccineus] berries, but these berries of [albiflos X humilis hirsutus] are 
running 4 or 5 seeds per berry.  Since the bloom on the H. humilis hirsutus 
parent was white, I suppose the eventual blooms on these kids will also be 
white.  Does anyone know of this cross having been made before?  I can't 
help wondering what the hybrid plants will someday look like.   What can I 
expect in bloom time -- 4 to 6 years away?

Jim Shields
in central Indiana, where we may get some new snow tomorrow night

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA                   Tel. +1-317-896-3925

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