Polianthes and Manfreda crosses

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 21:02:02 PDT
>The F1 between Manfreda virginica and Polianthes tuberosa was tried in
>Kansas Citywhere it perished. Zone 6b is probably just as far north as these
>crosses will go.

Dear Friends,
	Jon was kind enough to let me trial these here. Manfreda 
virginica is quite hardy and reliable. Polianthes totally tender. I 
grow a few other species of Polianthes, but in frost free situations.

	My situation is a somewhat harsh location with a very exposed 
garden that gets intense sun and cold. Manfreda does fine, but the 
hybrid turned to mush in one average winter.

	Perhaps a more protected - inner-city, or urban heat sink 
location might do better. I'd hope that possible  F2s back crossed to 
Manfreda might keep some of the good Polianthes characters, but 
increase hardiness.

	These look like really excellent new additions to milder 
climate bulb gardens. I know Jon is balancing a lot of 'stuff' and 
this project doesn't always make the top of the list. Much 
appreciated though.

			Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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