... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hybrid Gladiolus seedlings

These are the corms from two seasons of growth from seeds. The seed parent was a relatively cold-hardy Gladiolus named 'Boone' that I think was recovered from an old homestead in North Carolina (?). It has grown here since 2009 unprotected but against a wall. The pollen parent of the seeds that grew these corms was the tender, winter-blooming, night-fragrant species, Gladiolus tristis. I had to freeze its pollen for several months to be able to use it on summer-flowering 'Boone'. I sure hope at least a few of these will bloom this coming summer.

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