A Visit to Kim's Laboratory
I had to drive to LAX 10 days or so ago at the height of the rush hour. Rather than spend hours enjoying the LA traffic at a snails pace, I arranged a trip to stop and see just how Kim does his magic hybridizing roses. I have read the tutorials, watched the videos and it just seemed like I was missing something. I even brought my camera so I could take pictures of just what was not making sense.
Only, when he showed how did gathered the pollen, dried it and then collected it....wow that was easy! And same with applying the pollen. So sorry, no photos they just were not needed. He also showed how he collected the seeds, something I tried and failed at last year, probably because I was making it harder than it needed to be. I am looking forward to setting up a seed table and trying it for myself. It is amazing to see the difference in the various seedlings from the same cross and just how fast they can grow.
I hope he has a photo of the one bush that looks like it is decorated for Christmas with all the tags with all the crosses. It really was very interesting to see.
I am also amazed at just what it considered soil on his hillside (no fault of his own of course just the natural land there). It will remind me to never complain again about my slope, soil or sun...or at least I will try not too. He has some very tough conditions to deal with, dry crumbling "dirt" that bakes in the sun and looks like water drains right through it. It was too hot this time of the plants to bloom for the most part and even if they had they would have to be made of plastic to hold up a day or two. I will be happy with my gentle slope and sandy silty clay and bet he would have many more interesting mixes if his garden allowed.
I now have a couple of boxes full of cuttings that will hopefully take, most are root stocks so here it to hoping that they root.
Thank you for the tour and tutorial!