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My Big Adventure in Miniature Rose Hybridizing

By Betja
February 14, 2013

I began my big adventure in miniature rose hybridizing back in the mid-1980s when I had the great fortune to meet Ralph Moore, who lived less than a hundred miles from Bakersfield in Visalia, CA. He was well known as the “father of miniature roses” and was already in his 70s at that time. When I met him it was as if I’d known him all my life. He encouraged me to jump right in and try hybridizing.

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 13, 2013 6:33 PM CST
Betty,

Thanks so much for this very interesting article!

How exciting it must have been to see your very own rose "firsts". nodding
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Feb 13, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Great article Betty......
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Feb 13, 2013 7:07 PM CST

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Betty, our star hybridizer! We're so honored by your presence in our rose forum and so grateful for your input.
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Shannon
Feb 13, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Thanks for the Great article. Mini's are my Favorite rose's Hurray!
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dave
Feb 13, 2013 8:24 PM CST

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I had no idea that you had done this, Betty. I am so impressed, and was enthralled in reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing!!
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zuzu
Feb 13, 2013 8:30 PM CST

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We have 10 of Betty's roses in our database. You can find them by using the "Search by characteristics" form for the genus Rosa. Enter her name (Betty A. Jacobs) on the hybridizer line.
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Calif_Sue
Feb 13, 2013 9:39 PM CST

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And I totally enjoyed reading this expanded version of the story Betty, it made me want to have a go at hybridizing roses!

I have the honor of growing Michel Cholet, thanks to Betty! It's an awesome rose, actually, my favorite mini, with it's great rebloom and beautiful coral blooms.(below) I am on the lookout for Winter Magic now. Green Grin!
We have met a couple of times already, once when hubby and I stopped at her home in Bakersfield and the second time when we met at a daylily event. I really enjoy her enthusiasm for her plants and she has been quite influential in my renewed interest in iris. Thumbs up My garden is prettier thanks to you Betty!


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Betja
Feb 13, 2013 10:52 PM CST
Thanks so much guys! It all seems like so long ago, and I almost can't believe that I accomplished what I did back then because I have so little energy now by comparison -- except that now I've become totally jazzed about beautiful exotic daylilies and feel some of that passion rekindled once again. So maybe there's hope for me after all... nodding

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Feb 13, 2013 11:36 PM CST
Great article Betty! Thank you I tip my hat to you.
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Feb 14, 2013 4:30 AM CST
Great article I tip my hat to you. .
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vic
Feb 14, 2013 8:03 AM CST
Wonderful article and your roses are beautiful Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Skiekitty
Feb 14, 2013 12:47 PM CST
And I have Betty's magnificent Winter Magic! I *love* this rose.. it's my favorite mini!!


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Feb 14, 2013 12:52 PM CST
Beautiful Lovey dubby
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Shannon
Feb 14, 2013 1:02 PM CST
I have been looking for Winter Magic for a couple of years now. If anyone finds it
can you please let me know Whistling Thumbs up
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Skiekitty
Feb 14, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Shannon - Try Burling Roses. She usually has it. You'll have to email her for a list (she doesn't have an orderable website).

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KAMasud
Feb 14, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Blinking I go looking for the latest and here are people which go looking for ones which can be found at every road corner nursery in this part of the world Confused . Am I missing out on something I'm all ears!
Regards,
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Shannon
Feb 14, 2013 1:29 PM CST
Thanks Toni Hurray!
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Betja
Feb 14, 2013 1:51 PM CST
Toni, is it fragrant for you? It's really fragrant here.

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Skiekitty
Feb 14, 2013 1:52 PM CST
Arif - Well, maybe they can be found on every one of your corners in your part of the world, but here in the US they're very uncommon. And if they're that common there, then you are a VERY lucky person!!

Betty - It is fragrant.. more so when it's cooler than when it's hot. It's also one of my most dependable bloomers.. blooming all the way until frost. Some of my minis aren't as generous. I have 2 of this rose.. pretty unusual for me as I usually only get 1 of each.
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Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Feb 14, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Very little space and I rather like the new pastels.
Regards,
Arif.

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