A wide cross in "Liliaceae"

meneice meneice@att.net
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:47:19 PDT

I certainly am not among the more educated, but I have been hybridizing, or
attempting to hybridize, Camellias for over 40 years.  I have come to the
same general conclusion as Mike Mace.  Under ideal conditions of weather,
pollen, bloom times etc., I have had success crossing species with different
chromosome counts.  In the Camellia world, the C. japonica x C. sasanqua
cross in England years ago produced a notable group of hybrids.  Howard
Asper, in this country also had remarkable success with crosses between C.
japonica and C. reticulata.  If the so-called rules had applied, those
crosses should never have been attempted as they were doomed to failure.

So I repeat, have at it.  We amateurs have nothing to lose but our time, so
why not try the impossible?  You might have a notable success!

Shirley Meneice
Pebble Beach, CA (now Zone 10)
Lots of seed pods on this year's Retics and some of the Camellia species!

Comments/suggestions from the more experienced and educated people on the
list would be deeply appreciated.

San Jose, CA

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