Poly use

On the Sven, Lena, etc. thread, we got a bit side tracked talking about using other polys. I mentioned I like using Lauren more than Baby Faurax. Here is why. Notice, in the final two shots, the four foot spike breaking into flower from the center of the plant. It’s never done this before. This is the original seedling.

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Flowers of Baby Faurax at the same time.

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Wild Dancer was also mentioned. It honestly does deserve some more attention than it’s received.

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Talk about “tiny”, this is Doc. The anthers are SMALL and there aren’t many per flower.

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That looks great, Kim! I’m gonna think about getting one. Could I cross her with Midnight Blue? The zone 2B info is interesting as well. I could do a side-by-side with the Uff-Da series and David’s Oso Happy’s. I’m really curious about crossing these polys with larger-flowered roses.

Thanks, Joe. I don’t see why you couldn’t cross it with larger roses. I don’t know what type of purple it carries, so you’ll likely get single, pinks (doesn’t everything result in single pinks?). I’ve been crossing polys with larger roses, specifically the Basye offspring, my better minis and April Mooncrest.

I have Lauren situated with Sweet Nothings and Heinrich Karsch as well as a bunch of my purple once-bloomers. This trio combine well with each other because they are very uniform in size, shape, health and blooming power IMO. All three are purple but each offers a slightly different shade of purple.

The other great thing about the three is that they produce lots and lots of OP hips here. I tried to pollinate their individual flowers last year, but it was so tedious because they are so small and so many!! This year I will just do whole branches with one type of pollen. I thought about breeding the three with each other (which I still might) but I don’t know if I would get anything significantly different - or not pink.

I think Too Cute, another nice poly from Kim, Candy Oh! Vivid Red, and Oso Happy Smoothie will be in the mix this year as they also produce OP hips for me.

A number of years ago I grew some OP seeds of Robin Hood, (I know it’s not a Poly but it’s along the same line). It was obvious from the size of the spray, the growth and shape of the leaves that it was a cross with Chuckles. It didn’t repeat well and its disease resistance was very good, but it was stunning when it was in bloom.