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18106Re: [AZ] Update on Atlanticum X Pryored seedlings, in ground since April 2011

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  • sjperk5
    Jul 1, 2012
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      Mike

      We need to get these 2 seedlings ploidy tested.

      John Perkins
      Salem, NH

      --- In azaleas@yahoogroups.com, Mike Creel <mikeacreel@...> wrote:
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      > Ron, at what point should I notice flower bud formation in a unique cross like this one?  The absence, so far, of lateral branching is curious to me. All growth has been on straight upright shoots coming from the plant base at the soil level.  I have never seen this trait in an evergreen, but it is common in stoloniferous native azaleas species like atlanticum, periclymenoides, viscosum and canadense.
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      > Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
      > Lexington, South Carolina
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      > >________________________________
      > >From: Ron Rabideau <rhodyrex@...>
      > >To: azaleas@yahoogroups.com
      > >Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 10:25 PM
      > >Subject: Re: [AZ] Update on Atlanticum X Pryored seedlings, in ground since April 2011
      > >
      > >Hi Mike,
      > >Thanks for those photos. The larger plant looks like it might be of 
      > >adequate maturity to make flower buds this season, keep your fingers 
      > >crossed!  It will be very interesting to see what colors you get.
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      > >On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:25:44 -0400, Mike Creel <mikeacreel@...> 
      > >wrote:
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      > >> Ron Rabideau asked me recently for an update on two deciduous X 
      > >> evergreen azalea seedlings that came from Spring 2004 hand pollination. 
      > >> The larger of the two plants has had a very dwarf congested, 
      > >> non-branching habit, a cluster of upright 3 inch red stemmed shoots 
      > >> growing in a container 2005-2011, with planting in the ground in April 
      > >> 2011.  This season something new is showing, three or more new 6 inch 
      > >> tall arising from the short mound of  stems, still no evidence of 
      > >> branching.  Attached are three photos, 2 of the larger seedling and one 
      > >> of its much smaller sibling. I have seen no evidence of flower bud 
      > >> formation and wonder whether the buds will be like the decidous parent 
      > >> or the evergreen one.  The plants have  remained evergreen down to 13 
      > >> degrees F, grown their entire lives outdoors.  They are apparentlly 
      > >> quite heat hardy.
      > >>  The deciduous X evergreen crosses are two evergreen seedlings that came 
      > >> from hand pollination of a white-pale pink large flowered atlanticum 
      > >> from Washington County, NC, with pollen from Pryored, a strong red 
      > >> evergreen that has a Yellow deciduous mollis azalea in its lineage, a 
      > >> strong dose of prunifolium and Indica.  I found a label in the seedling 
      > >> pot with the pollination date of May 3, 2004.  The seeds were planted in 
      > >> fall-winter 2005.  I planted out two surviving seedlings from the pot 
      > >> this spring on April 6 into a soil bed mulched with pine bark. Both are 
      > >> evergreen, one plant much larger than the other. The root structure, 
      > >> multiple stems from underground branching, and whorled evergreen leaves 
      > >> were significant indicators of parentage involving the atlanticum.  The 
      > >> evergeen leaves resemble the Pryored, which has plumleaf azalea strongly 
      > >> in its parentage.
      > >>
      > >> Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
      > >> Lexington, South Carolina
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      > >--
      > >Ron Rabideau
      > >Camden, NJ
      > >Zone 7b
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