Re: [AZ] occidentale crosses
Our crosses of occidentale onto 4ns did not take but we have not
attempted that many because we did not want to waste the pollen. When
the ARS is paying for the pollen we try not to waste it attempting to
prove to ourselves that the pollen will not produce seed.
I know the first time we got occidentale pollen we tried it on MY
Mary and Marydel and both failed. I know this year occidentale failed
to take on calendulaceum Cherokee but the same pollen took on 7
4n clade X 2n clade (for deciduous azaleas) may well be possible but
we are 0 for about 50.
We did 18 crosses onto Cherokee. The 5 4ns took and the 13 2ns
failed. The 5 that took produced big seed pods and the 13 that failed
Your mileage may differ.
--- In email@example.com, Mike Creel <mikeacreel@...> wrote:
> Boy you two have really be busy pollinating. I think I have some
of your occidentale crosses planted in outdoor seed pots and
scheduled for planting. Did all the occidentale pollen come from the
same west coast plant? Have you ever though of mixing pollen from
several occidentale and using it? Did you try pollinating any known
tetraploid azaleas? Aren't there records of people crossing
calendulaceum and occidentale? I noticed that some seed of a cross
ob luteum and occidentale is being offered from Kaarel Voitck. How
is that posslble?
> Mike Creel, SC
> --- On Sat, 2/28/09, sjperk5 <sjperk5@...> wrote:
> From: sjperk5 <sjperk5@...>
> Subject: [AZ] occidentale crosses
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 7:26 AM
> We donated seed for 7 R. occidentale crosses to the 2009 ARS Seed
> http://www.rhododen dron.org/ exch.asp
> http://www.rhododen dron.org/ seedexchange2. htm
> John Perkins
> Salem, NH
We attempted to send you and Bruce a good represention of the deciduous
azalea seed we produced this year because both of you have shown
interest in growing deciduous azaleas from seed and live in climates
different from ours.
I am very interested to see what those 2n X 4n produce. Are the
seedlings viable? Are the resulting plants fertile? What do they look
like in flower? etc.
Right now I consider deciduous azaleas to be my primary focus as far as
Rhododendrons are concerned. I enjoy being single minded.
We found another patch of R. viscosum in Salem, NH yesterday. We think
we know the location for yet another.