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Author Topic: Alcantarea 'Red Ensign'  (Read 9144 times)
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« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2010, 22:26:44 »

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Kerry, I missed your question from the last round. Red Ensign is an Andrew Maloy cross, vinicolor was the seed parent, while imperialis Rubra was the pollen parent.

When Philip Foster Red decides to open it's flowers, Red Ensign will certainly make a swift and timely introduction Lisa  Wink I would prefer something like a Vr. Nova hybrid...imagine those white windows over the Red Ensign leaf...

Dooley, I'm sure it will produce seed, let me know if you want your name on some.

Cheers, Andrew.
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« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2011, 04:19:16 »

Hi andrew,
yes i would love some seed thanks! Roll Eyes If you want you can e-mail me and we can talk further.
Dooley.

I see Andrew has registered red ensign now good on you Andrew it is certainly worth registering!!

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« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2011, 21:30:12 »

Yep...its now formally registered on the BCR.

http://botu07.bio.uu.nl/bcg/bcr/index.php?id=10400&whatsnew#10400
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« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2011, 23:53:10 »

Mr Red Ensign has just been formally introduced to Ms Philip Foster Red…and they seem to like each other   Wink  I think Ms PFR was impressed with the size of Mr RE’s stamen   Shocked


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« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2011, 00:31:37 »

Andrew,
I think Ms Philip Foster Red would say "it's how you use it" not size! Shocked
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« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2011, 17:25:55 »

Hi Devo.

What is the result from the cross? Does it set seeds or abort? Hope you succeed with it.

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« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2011, 23:36:18 »

Hi Yong,

Did manage to get a small amount of seed...but my suspicion is that it will turn out to be self set...again  Cry

Time will tell.
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« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2011, 00:52:17 »

Ms. Philip always was a size queen.....    Wink
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« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2011, 04:47:45 »

Funny Lisa, I never thought of women being size queens...unless 'Ms.' Philip is more of an elective title.
...and he does have a mighty sized stamen and anther (ever wondered why the plural form can be stamina?).
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« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2011, 06:18:40 »

Elective title is how I took it, Andy, but IMO size queens are like drama queens, i.e not gender specific. 
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« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2011, 16:57:48 »

Hi Andrew,

Have you ever grown A.Red Ensign from seeds? Do all seedlings look the same and similar to the parent? This should be F2 hybrids that some will close to the mother, some will close to the father and some will show up as Al.Red Ensign? Normally when I grew some Neoregelia from seeds of a cross between species, all seedlings almost similar. For the next generation of self-pollination, the results were very different. Only a few was similar to the cross. Almost was mixed up of both parents. How about seedlings of this one? Any experience?

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« Reply #41 on: September 25, 2011, 03:26:41 »

Andrew Maloy, you Andrew, and I, to name just a few kiwis, have been trying hard to make a good XVriecantarea, but to date I've seen no good results apart from John Arden's which are more flower focused. But a good foliage focused result seems to have eluded us all. Nature always seems to be unsupportive of this hybridising direction by giving the following usual bad hybrid messages:
curly seed parachutes
poor germination percentages
sickly seedlings
seedlings devoid of leaf colour and pattern
seedlings prone to leaf tip dieback
Anyway here's one of mine which is not far from the compost bin, Vr. fennestralis x Alc. vinicolor.
Being stubborn etc., we'll all be continuing to try and make a good foliage XVriecantarea!
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« Reply #42 on: September 25, 2011, 12:39:37 »

Mitch,

Your XVriecantarea doesn't look that bad - I'd like to try making one one day. I notice that John Arden has over 20 xVrieslandsias on FCBS but only three xVriecantareas (4 on BCR).

I'd say that he might have worked out which path works better but I'm willing to try if given a chance.

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« Reply #43 on: September 26, 2011, 10:01:11 »

Hi Yong, I've not grown Red Ensign from seed yet.
My first flowering of the plant was last season, so hope to have seed soon. My guess is that the seedlings should be very similar to Red Ensign, as the original parents are both species, and no new blodd is being introduced...time will tell  Wink

Mitche, your xVriecantarea is getting up to a good size. I think it would be a good candidate for a cross back to both vriesea & alcantarea. Do you have any plans for it?

Cheers, Andrew.
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« Reply #44 on: September 26, 2011, 10:37:42 »

Andrew, I'll just try and roast maximum colour onto my XVriecantarea this summer and then make a decision based on this, but my gut feeling is it's heading for the compost. I need to use a vriesea with an even more dominant leaf pattern next time with Alc. vinicolor.
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