Monday, May 14, 2007
Dale's New Strep!
From Dale Martens in Illinois:
"Getting new, scented hybrids is very difficult because the scented **hybrid** (not applicable to species) streps either don't have pollen or they have pollen, but resist being parents. Strep hybridizer, Chris Rose, in England has mentioned this challenge, too.
The new seedlings that have opened recently for me have scent and the grand-parentage includes the scented species Strep vandeleurii on the mother's side as well as S. candidus in the pollen parent's genes. The scent on my new hybrids isn't as piercing (read "objectionable") as S. vandeleurii.
Strep 'It Makes Scents' x (S. Iced Texas Twilight x variegated S. candidus)
The variegated S. candidus is the mutation that Toshijiro Okuto got and generously distributed. Crossing 'Iced Texas Twilight' x variegated S. candidus gave me no variegated seedlings, but I did find that S. candidus can pass on scent through pollen. About 1/3 of the seedlings from that cross had scent. For whatever reason, I couldn't get them to self, but I know someone who was successful with a hybrid I gave her. Must need good timing.
You can see S. candidus flowers on Ron Myhr's web site: here
You can see 'It Makes Scents' on Gary Mikita's site: and here
I figured the Iced Texas Twilight's medium blue with darker blue throat area would dominate the color, but I didn't expect yellow to come through so strongly. My plan is to grow them to full maturity hoping that they have a good blossom count."
This bottom photo is the "sister" of the new cross, both lovely flowers!!! I would like to thank Dale for generously sharing the coolest and newest in the world of streps! Thank you!!!