2016年8月16日

Color Heritage of Smithiantha

Just experience for reference, not the study ....

Except the white, the common colors of Smithiantha are so-called "warm" colors, such as red, pink, orange and yellow. The mixed colors with different "warm" colors are common as well. But just the these colors are not boring at all because there are still patterns such as edged, dotted, patched or lined as well as 2 color tones inside and outside the corolla tube which enrich the color appearance in the hybrids of Smithiantha. So far, the blue and purple are rarely seen in Smithiantha.

So, which color is dominant when doing combination of new hybrids ? According to those seedlings I saw over 3 years, it seems not any color can be defined as dominant one because the color variation of the seedlings are fairly averaged. But there is one thing that is quite significant when including a pure white or yellow clone as one of the parents. The color of most seedlings usually become lighter or even go to white or yellow when the color of the other parent is thin and light.

The interesting speckled corolla tube of Smithiantha is another highlight of hybridizing Smithiantha. The speckled patterns seems dominant, therefore it is easy to see such seedlings when the speckled parents are included in the hybrid combinations.

Well ... personally I'm not 100% into creating extreme colors when thinking a cross of Smithiantha because I do care and put much emphasis on getting the plant and flower balanced, not just do for one character in a cross. The more hybrid I make, the more color choice is revealed. Sometimes an overall speculation brings unexpected opportunities.





2016年8月14日

When the Episcia grows up ...

The main plant is bringing lots of stolons, one after another, decorated with flowers ... but it takes time to get such lively hanging plant, especially in the cooler zone.



2016年8月5日

Sinningia 'EW's Ocelot'

I do not pay attention to my plants since June because it's really hot since the summer started. I presume the ideal growing season will come late this year. So I'm still in dormancy and do nothing ... XD

When I recalled what did I do at the same time of last year for getting comparison of this year, I found the photo of this interesting 'Sinningia EW's Ocelot', it's a hybrid made by a H.K. grower. The color pattern of the flower is fascinating and easy to remember.



2016年7月23日

Sinningia richii 'Jaguaré'

White form of Sinningia richii family from Brazil, it prefers brighter light and humidity. No scent is detected.


2016年7月12日

mini but smaller than mini

There is a group of small rosette Sinningia which I can not find a precise adjective to define their distinctness. Sinn. Pirate's Petite Angel or Fu's Flower Fairy are the examples of this group. There are just a few varieties like these as far as I know. I do not study how did the other hybridizers create their lovely small mini plants but 'Pirate's Petite Angel' was made by the cross of normal miniature Sinningia. In fact I did not expect to get such smaller miniature Sinningia before 'Pirate's Petite Angel' renewed my knowledge of hybridizing Sinningia.

In terms of reducing the plant size, people may go directly to use micro mini Sinningia in their hybrid project. But usually micro mini Sinningia is sterile when they meet miniature Sinningia due to the issue between tetraploid and diploid. My opinion for long term hybridism is to select some small miniature Sinningias as seed or pollen parent in this case, and see if it's possible to get even smaller seedlings from such combination. I presume the character of 'small plant size' can be caught generation after generation.


2016年7月3日

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2016年6月29日

Sinningia 'Pirate's Ice Age'

海盜的冰河時期




This creamy white beauty is from the last cross of miniature Sinningia I made 2 years ago. It was an experimental combination by Pirate's Monster Bite and a light blue hybrid that I made in 2006. I believed this cross can happen something or nothing as I prefer not to do foreseeable hybrids that I had done a lot in the past years. Finally I only selected 2 seedlings, one is still under my evaluation and the other one is this new introduction 'Pirate's Ice Age'. First of all, I appreciate Mr. Francis Sua who grows this plant well and allows me to use his photos. Check his small but delicate garden HERE.

'Pirate's Ice Age' looks similar to my very old hybrid 'Pirate's Panguno Rakaso' which was announced in 2007. Just a little bit difference in color details but the good things are 'Pirate's Ice Age' is a good bloomer and a strong plant in growth in comparison with 'Pirate's Panguno Rakaso'. The color part of 'Pirate's Ice Age' is changeable according to different growing condition and temperature.