keystone's blog: Schlumbergera

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 7:06 AM

It's getting to be that time of year again, where I get excited about seeing my Schlumbergeras bloom.  Doubly excited this year, because I have 20 seedlings from a cross of Limelight Dancer X Beach Dancer that may bloom.  Well, at least two or three are big enough to bloom.  I will probably have to wait another year to see the rest of them.  Photo is of these seedlings on August 2, 2011.

It seems as though there is a real shortage of nice Schlumbergeras in the United States, and almost no one is breeding them.  There was a woman named Dolly Kolli from Mass. who used to do it, but her hybrids are EXTREMELY hard to come by.  Most of the good ones are in England, Germany and the Netherlands, and are just a pain to import.

I made several pods on my various Schlums last year, and the fact that there are very few Schlum hybridizers has made me determined to hybridize them on a limited scale. Wish me luck!

 

 

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