My appetite was whetted for hybridizing when I had a chance seedling grow and bloom this month. The first bloom is a single with 6-8 petals, light yellow, has some fragrance. I’m anxious to see if a second bloom will be any different. The foliage is very nice and seems like it might be vigorous, possibly a self pollinated seedling of Autumn Sunset. As this is my first ‘baby,’ I’ll keep it and plant it outside this year. (It probably isn’t one that a more experienced hybridizer would keep.) I have a second seedling that hasn’t bloomed yet, so I’m waiting with anticipation to see the color of the bloom.
I’d like to try my hand at growing a few seedlings next year. I’d love to get one with fully double blooms. Any suggestions for seed and pollen parents? In addition to Autumn Sunset, I have Westerland, Polka, New Dawn, John Cabot, Henry Nevard, Mme. Isaac Periere, Mrs. John Laing, General Jacqueminot, Louise Odier, Marchioness of Londonderry, Marchesa Boccella, Rose de Rescht, Tradescant, Fair Bianca, Heritage, Brother Cadfael, Abraham Darby, Prairie Sunrise, Wild Ginger, and a few others. I’ve also ordered for spring Iceberg, Buff Beauty, Belinda’s Dream, Rosarium Uetersen, Aloha, Jude the Obscure, Tamora, and Sharifa Asma. I’d appreciate advice on crosses to try to get a double bloom seedling. Which ones of the above would make the best seed parents–I know that MIP, Henry Nevard, Heritage, AD, AS & Westerland all set hips, although I don’t know the fertility of their seeds. Likewise, what are good, fertile pollen parents?
Thanks for sharing your experience and advice.