was Pollinators now Spring Crocuses and hybrids and Crocus books

Peter Taggart petersirises@gmail.com
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 13:06:12 PST
There are an increasing number of Crocus hybrids around, and  though I make
no claim one is better than the other, Janis Ruksan's book  "Crocuses" is
in print and a more recent publication. On pages 200 and 201 Janis lists
known hybrids though he states "hybrids are not common".
C malyi is flowering here now, as well as C tommasinianus,seiberi, vernus,
reticulatus, jessopiae, gargaricus subspecies, oliveri, korolkowii,
civijicii and others.

One never knows what improbable hybrid might take.... C tommasinianus does,
I believe, hybridise with C vernus, C chrysanthus with various C biflorus,
and C reticulatus with C angustifolius (C xleonidii)

Peter (UK)

> On 2/24/12, Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net> wrote:
> > Rick wrote,
> >>Just wondering if other members  are cross pollinating, and what
> >>results they may have had.
> >
> > Before embarking on a crocus hybridizing project, one should try to
> > obtain the out-of-print (and ridiculously expensive, if you ever find
> > it) "The Crocus" by Brian Mathew, which will help one verify the
> > identity of one's plants in the first place, and understand their
> > relationships. It is quite startling how many different chromosome
> > numbers can be found in this genus. Brian Mathew told me he didn't
> > think crocuses hybridized much, but other experts have told me they
> > feel that hybrids are somewhat likely in a large collection.....

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