Thinking about next year.....

dorisl(5)November 27, 2009

I have some seeds of Joe Pye Weed and also some Bidens. I wonder what would happen if I cross polinated them.....




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you'll have some joe biden weeds!! Hee Hee LOL now that is funny!! **grin** ~medo

    Bookmark   November 27, 2009 at 11:38AM
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bigred(z8 Ark.)


    Bookmark   November 27, 2009 at 1:28PM
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Im still laughing myself silly....

    Bookmark   November 27, 2009 at 6:52PM
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lgslgs(z6 SE ohio)

Doris - just to let you know. You aren't going to be able to get Joe Bidens that way.

Joe Pye Weed and Bidens are different species so you can cross pollinate them all you want to but they aren't going to make any Joe Biden babies. Just like if you wanted to cross apples and oranges - just too different for them to make a love connection. :)

If you are interested in cross pollinating in your garden you need to have both parents from the same species. If both parts of their latin name match, cross away. If only the first part of the latin name matches, they might cross or might not - depends on how much difference there really is between them.

And if you are planning garden experiments to get yourself your own very special DorisL variety of something, you might want to consider selection instead of (or in addition to) planned crosses.

As an example of selection, I'm starting to make my own heleniums. I started with seeds from Helenium autumnale "Helens Mix". Every seed grown from that is pure Helenium autumnale, but they are individuals and each look a little different.

When one of them grows up to be an extra pretty favorite I can do tow things. Save seed from it and grow the kids - they'll all be individuals but should resemble mom plant to a reasonable degree. (But who knows, one of the kids might be even better.) Or since helenium is a long lived perennial that's easy to divide I could just divide my favorite and grow a whole garden full. All of those division would actually be identical to the mother plant because they are pieces of the mother plant.

Not sure if I'm blabbing on about stuff you already know. Just didn't want you to get your hopes up about growing a Joe Biden or an appleorange.


Here is a link that might be useful: Helen mix heleniums

    Bookmark   November 27, 2009 at 8:06PM
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Dorisl made a funny! I like that.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 1:08PM
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grovespirit(Zone 9)

LOL thanks y'all for this gr8 belly laugh :)

    Bookmark   November 30, 2009 at 8:02PM
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