I know that the tendency was towards the creation of cultivars with flowers that remain open longer and still beautiful longer but I never imagined that the series Youjiro was the starting point.
youjiro pink flowered much and it is true that the flowers are always beautiful at noon.
219 genes make the difference
The series Youjiro is a serie that dates from 1975 created by Mr.Yoshiaki Yoneda - interspecific cross with Ipomoea Purpurea.
After 100 hand pollinations only 2 or 3 have been fruitful.
All other cultivars with a cross have another source: the Mount Fuji serie, which is a very old group of cultivars - with all Fuji no .... Beni, Murasaki, Ao,Sora etc.....
Here Fuji no Momo is totaly different - large flower with a "normal" foliage.
Since the arrival of Ipomoea in Japan and for 1,000 years there was only simple type MG .
Fans had only two wishes: to get other colors and other sizes.
Like today they wanted bright colors and large flowers.
Initially the flowers had the trumpet-shaped corolla and consisted of 5 petaloid welded.
Something like that :
Dany - Love your lessons on MG history! Thanks for sharing what you have discovered about MGs as well as your amazing photos!
"The rule is that there are no rules." I couldn't agree more! MGs are unpredictable and never cease to amaze and awe me with their diversity and beauty. :-)
Dany, until this thread, I never even knew there was a word called petaloid or even what it meant. Thanks!
Some size record :
1815 - 4.7 inches
1887 - 5.9
1923 - 7.9
1964 - 9.6
1966 - 9.8 inches with Azuma Girl.
1979 - 10.4 http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/dany12_1249964600_114.jpg
1999 - 9.8 inches.
These measures were taken during the competitions.
"Bonsai" cup and using specific fertilizers can help ! LOL
We are going there :
The no id purple is a beaut, post ending #304, but I'm crazy about Strawberries and Creme just above.
NICE ONE, Dany! Looks quite large! 6+ inches in diameter! Beautiful! Doesn't look peach color though ... more of a pinkish color. Love the speckles!
Pretty impressive bleed-out pattern on that beauty! NICE!!!
This photo is from Japan, is there may be a small effect - different cameras give different pictures.
But there existed a few decades ago a Nil cultivar ( that has disappeared )who has really yellow flowers .
The yellow Nil at the moment is the cultivar "Full Moon".
Here a picture of 2009.
They are very yellow on the bags.
And especially in bud or when the flowers open.