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« on: November 10, 2010, 18:17:18 »

Some of you may recall this GW posting:  http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/bromeliad/msg0214203117362.html

Update:  So far nine of the F2s have bloomed.  Most of them show some resemblence to mother, but there are subtle variations on the theme:

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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010, 20:21:41 »

Hi Lisa,

Well it looks like you've cracked it yet again! What an array of colour. How would you select just one if you really had to?

How many more are left that haven't yet flowered?

"Long live the hybridizer"

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 21:12:32 »

Hi Lisa,

They certainly are interesting variations on a theme and beaut plants as well, thanks for sharing them again.  I wonder what this would now imply regarding the provenance of the mother?

Cheers, Paul
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 21:49:14 »

I like them all Lisa  Wink

The colour range is fantastic, and that name has a good ring to it  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 02:37:56 »

Wow, stunning plants, thanks for the eye candy.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 03:48:37 »

Wow, they are all good Lisa. I especially like the one with the pink and green. Bottom centre. I don't have any Orthophytum, that will now have to change.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 04:33:55 »

I haven't seen any DNA testing on Orthophytums yet. I wonder if they are somewhat new and still going through speciation?
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010, 05:25:05 »

Thanks for all the compliments!  I took lots of photos of all of them in time sequence (thanks to Andrew for making one set into a little signature strip for me!), but this is the first time I've laid them out to get a good comparison at maturity.  Some of the color differences are due to lighting (and whether or not I opted for auto correct in PS  Wink ) but there are definite differences.  I still haven't decided which ones to propagate.  I guess I'll just have to keep them all!   

Nev, there are 30 in all, so this is about a third of the grex.  A few of them have had the center leaves rot out, or are forming what looks like one or more pups in the center.  Huh   I'll try to get a picture of that, it's kind of odd.  The rotting thing is apparently not uncommon for these types of flat Orthos, though.  My regular b-m v. b-m did that too.  It doesn't kill the plant, but just prevents it from flowering and forces it to pup. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010, 09:16:31 »

Love them all too Lisa. My fave is number 1 and Mr. Greeny number 8 at the botton, but I think they're all winners, so yeah... why not keep 'em all !!  Cool
...Just curious, how old are they from seed to this stage ?
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 10:32:33 »

Yep - they are just beautiful, all of them. Mr Greeny does stand out when composed as they are, but they are all winners.

I had the fortune of seeing these in the flesh a couple of months ago, and am mighty pleased to see my dribbling did not harm them. Only a couple were coming into bloom then. I grovelled and crawled to Lisa to sell me one, but to no avail... Angry To compensate, Lisa did sell me a mother Seabrae, which is still alive in quarantine. So, when I'm a dithering 136 year old (in the shade), I too might have some gorgeous Sons of Seabrae. Yay!

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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2010, 19:15:15 »

Hey, the mother is every bit as nice as the babies, Kerry.  Glad to hear it's still alive in quarantine.  I was wondering if it might have bloomed there, since its (roughly same sized) co-pup came into bloom after you left.  I don't think you'll have to wait until you're 136..... unless you're older than you look! 

Graeme, looking at my old photos, the mother came into bloom in September '07, and the first of these to bloom was in June '10, so a bit less than 3 years.  Not bad, all things considered.   
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