this is a sibling to one that bloomed a couple of days ago. the look and height are similar. the sib was flagged right away. now it comes down to comparing to see which one gets the final rights to the flag…

7 thoughts on “sib

    1. John Hric Post author

      They do. This seedling bed will be emptied this fall. One maybe both will be selected for longer observation. Now the wait, observe, and choose game begins. Oh and the ‘space the final frontier’ game begins. Which plants will leave and make room for the new selections… Thanks Dan.

  1. TamrahJo

    I’m slowly working through the lessons of “Botany in a Day” course (Ha-ha on the ‘day’ portion, in mi vida loca, but still a useful course!) and I find myself looking at properties of petals/leaves, etc., more often as a more often used way to label/organizing ‘info’ in my head, simply as a result of working through this course..

    As I visit your daily posts, increasingly, I find my brain has started pulling up prior words used/combined with pictures, when I view new post pics.

    I was wondering, is the ruffling, twisted, etc., a way that you are able to identify and link back to parentage/mixes, as well as various outcomes you strive towards, or select to keep and continue in the garden?

  2. John Hric Post author

    Jo the simple answer is yes and no. There are plants that breed relatively true to form from seed like vegetable crops. The seeds produce a uniform crop of the desired product. When you plant green bell pepper seeds that is exactly what you will get. And then there are plants like daylilies, apples, and oranges. They have a rich genetic diversity and seeds will produce a wide variety of results. If you want to produce similar plants you do it by vegetative propagation. Grafts, cuttings, and root divisions. If I make the same cross between the same two plants so I get 100 or even a 1,000 seeds from that cross I would get 100 or 1,000 different looks. Even these two plants in this post will most likely have different behaviors and looks as they mature. Some of my crosses are made with the planned intention of combining selected traits from the parent plants. And sometimes I can see those traits in the seedlings. And other crosses I take two very dissimilar plants and wait to see the surprises of new combinations. It is just as much art and chance as it is science.


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