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Hybridizers: Attempting to stabilize a cross

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 5, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #8020002

I am another person here that enjoys growing Morning Glories. I grow several a year in my garden. I am a hobby gardener and I've become interested in creating crosses by hand-pollinating blooms.

I received this interesting blooming vine from a seed I grew out. The seed came from a fellow gardener and cyberfriend, Gourd. I don't know the history of how this seed was created. It might have been open-pollination in her garden. I love how the blooms turned out on my vine and want to see if I can stabilize the future seeds to produce similar vines.

My experiment is to grow out 15 seeds that I collected from my vine and cull out any that don't carry the Blended Blue Speckles trait. My vine was probably a cross between a solid blue blooming vine and a speckled blooming vine.

Here is a collage photo of some of the blooms on this cross.

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

August 6, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #8023259

Oh boy, They are looking great.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 8, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #8027726

Antoinette - Those are the blooms of the seed producing vine. I am attempting to grow out 15 seeds to see what I get. Here are the 15 seed cups plus another cup with a different vine.

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

August 9, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #8028566

Oh becky, I love it when the cotyledons start to show up... makes me want to start now. You are so lucky to have good winter weather. I would start some, but, I really hate plants inside my house, I guess the whitefly and aphids creep me out when they are inside and gnats, etc..

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2010
12:41 PM

Post #8166366

Yikes! Pretty but odd. Do you think it's a hybrid or a chimera?

beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 20, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #8166988

It's currently a cross with the hopes of becoming a stable hybrid. I am a fan of speckled blooms!

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2010
12:11 PM

Post #8168076

Good luck. It sure is pretty.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

October 21, 2010
4:13 PM

Post #8168462

I agree, very pretty! Which stage are these in, F2's or F3's now? I forget how many you have grown.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 21, 2010
7:17 PM

Post #8168733

Thanks, RickCorey!

Antoinette - Actually I am only at the F1 stage. I am waiting (hoping) to get some seeds from the current 4 grow-outs. So far, only one seed pod from a parent clone look-alike.

Here is the F1 look-alike blooms.

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 21, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #8168738

Here is a bloom from another vine of the F1 grow-out. Different looking bloom.

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 21, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #8168743

This is yet another of 4 vines that germinated from the F1 seeds. This has the lighter blue speckled blooms.

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beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 21, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #8168745

And the forth and final F1 vine had a slightly speckled bloom.

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