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hybridizing Zephyranthes Rain Lilies?

Posted by KatsLilies 8a (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 17:19

Wondering if anyone has experience hybridizing rain lilies? Can primulina & citrina be used as base mother plants? I did a few crosses last year & have a few seedlings growing. The bulbs aren't big enough yet to know what their blooms will look like but wanted to know if I'll get plants that look like the mother or can I actually get some results by adding pollen from Rose Perfection/Pink Beauty/Batik/Prairie Sunset? Any pointers would be appreciated. Including a picture of some bloomers. Thanks.

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RE: hybridizing Zephyranthes Rain Lilies?

Very pretty! I don't know about primulina, but citrina is parthenogenic, that is, regardless of what pollen you put on it, the offspring will be like citrina. However, I believe crossing the other direction and putting citrina pollen on a pink should produce a newly colored hybrid.

So far, I've been selfing my varieties, but I've got a pink that won't self that I am considering pollinating with something else to see if anything takes.

RE: hybridizing Zephyranthes Rain Lilies?

Thanks. Hopefully by next year I'll see some blooms on bulbs I tried to cross.

Here is a bloom from seeds I collected & grew out from Pink Panther. It took 3 years.

This post was edited by KatsLilies on Sun, Jul 20, 14 at 14:10

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