I found a tissue culture business in Kelowna, BC (Agriforest Biotech) that I’m in contact with that may be interested in tissue culturing Hazeldean and some other roses such as Prairie Peace,and others that are hard to increase with cuttings, (Musician and Carlos Perpetual come to mind, but I have neither). I haven’t heard back from them yet, so I might contact them again next week.
The Saskatchewan Rose Society has been collecting information about the whereabouts of rose cultivars on the Prairies for several years now, and is pursuing the eventual reintroduction of rarer choice hardy roses to the public. It is so far a slow and frustrating process.
I recently was in contact with a TC Masters student here at the U of S, and found out some of the problems associated with TC. The main costs seem to be developing the proper protocol for each species, but since roses have been TC for some time now, I would almost assume they should be more affordable/easy to work with as the protocol would already be known and published. I will be in contact with her again, and hopefully can convince her to take on this on as a side project. Our society doesn’t have a huge cash flow, which makes committing to an expensive TC project difficult (even a few hundred to a thousand dollars). Another possibility is a gentleman I know that does a TC lab there too, I might try and convince him to do a lab session with the students with roses, and we can reap the rewards of the resulting plants! Easier said than done, but if there’s a will, there’s a way!
I wonder if Pickering would be more interested if they could get started plantlets to grow on in their fields without the hassle of having to increase them?
I’ll keep everyone posted.
Paul, If you need more Hazeldean suckers, let me know.
I gave ten suckers this fall to a small retail only nursery/grower near town called Prairie Trees and Shrubs. I think she was going to sell some retail (if they were big enough for next year) and keep a few as stock plants to take suckers from.
Slowly but surely.
Koren in Saskatoon