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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: seed from Passiflora 'Gloria Moreno' will have what flower?

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Thousand Oaks, CA

November 13, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #5787798

Has anyone grown out seed from P. 'Gloria Moreno' so they could say what the seedling flowers looked like? I'm wondering if they come true to mama, or vary according to pollen donor?
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 14, 2008
11:20 PM

Post #5791670

Since 'Gloria Moreno' is a hybrid, the flowers of offspring from it will not be identical to the parent's flowers; Passiflora hybrids generally don't come true from seed. Now, depending on the pollen donor, you might get some blooms that look an awful lot like GM - but genetically they won't be the same. Any idea which plants are the pollen donors?
Thousand Oaks, CA

November 15, 2008
3:53 AM

Post #5792545

Nope, no way to tell about the pollen source. Many possibilities. Have you grown out 'Gloria Moreno' seed before, or seed from any of her close cousins?
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 17, 2008
8:22 PM

Post #5801990

No, I can't say that I have. But with Passiflora, seeds produced from a hybrid don't result in offspring identical to the parent -- that's just the way their genes work. But since GM is the result of crossing two similar plants (mixta is one parent, and although manicata is sometimes given as the other, I suspect tripartita or tarminiana...), pollen from any of three common Tacsonias (tripartita, tarminiana, or mixta) may result in seedlings that closely resemble GM, though subtle differences are likely.
Thousand Oaks, CA

November 18, 2008
2:52 AM

Post #5803523

Thanks, Nicholas, I'll just have to be patient and see what comes along.

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