Tulbaghia simmleri - genetics?

David Fenwick davidfenwicksnr@googlemail.com
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:46:19 PDT
Hi James,
There are a few diffent white forms of T. simmleri, some are quite weak. I 
actually named one that I obtained from California several years ago. I 
called it Tulbaghia simmleri 'Cheryl Renshaw' and grown well it is stately 
as many good Agapanthus. One of the best Tulbaghia.

Regarding hybrids, there are a few bicolored pink and white forms of T. 
simmleri about and these have either been wild selected or crosses between 
the pink and the white. I would hazard a guess that if you've enough seed 
you'd probably produce one.

This Tulbaghia is one of the least hardy and isn't grown outdoors much in 
temperate climates; ideally it wants frost free conditions if grown outdoors 
as its seasons of bloom are usually mid-winter and mid-summer. In the UK if 
grown in a conservatory you are almost guaranteed flowers on Christmas Day.

In my experience I would say it is shy to produce seed if left to chance; 
and probably  the least promiscuous of the genus.

Best Wishes,
Dave (Penzance, UK. ex NCCPG National Collection Holder of Tulbaghia)

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