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Author Topic: Crocus crossing  (Read 66262 times)

Guff

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #195 on: March 22, 2023, 12:01:30 AM »
Starting to see flowers on my grass bank.



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Uklin Strain



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Guff

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #196 on: March 22, 2023, 06:44:21 PM »
Grass bank



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Tommasinianus Alba



Tommasinianus Pictus



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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #197 on: March 22, 2023, 06:57:50 PM »
A stunning big welcome to spring.

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #198 on: March 24, 2023, 07:29:44 AM »
Really wonderful crocuses, I like most the dark tipped ones, but all are nice.
When you have so much of them, do they cross-pollinate each other and do they self-seed?
Leena from south of Finland

Guff

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #199 on: March 24, 2023, 12:38:45 PM »
Leena, thanks.

Uklin Strain, had one seed pod ever. No clue why I even had the one.
Tommasinianus Pictus, no seeds
Tatra Shades, no seeds
Michaels Purple, no seeds

I do collect the pollen and put them all into a cup and mix. Pollinating some select tommy's, and all the Dutch Giants I have each year. My Heuffelianus type seedling hybrid from past years are big flowers and flower the same time as Dutch Giants. I rather have later flowering crocus, due to weather here.

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #200 on: March 25, 2023, 12:19:16 AM »
Today was 45, with full sun and it wasn't warm enough for them to open. According to the weather app, it will be two weeks before it's sunny and in the 50's. Thinking by then most of these will be eaten, or past their time and flop.


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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #201 on: March 25, 2023, 10:00:58 AM »
Wonderful view.
I've never had seeds from my C.tommasinianus, either. Last autumn I planted more and different ones, if that was the problem.
Or maybe it is still too cold when they flower here (not yet).
Leena from south of Finland

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #202 on: March 25, 2023, 12:09:45 PM »
Lena,

Most members of the genus Crocus prefer to multiply vegetatively [by bulb offset] and set seed sparsely, if at all.
Marc Rosenblum

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I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F -9.4C.  Rainfall 50" 110 cm + but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight. Soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus. 
Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix

Jeffnz

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #203 on: March 25, 2023, 08:55:22 PM »
Marc
Daffs are the same, never understand why.

Guff

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #204 on: March 26, 2023, 12:22:52 AM »
That didn't take long.



Going to finish up the last section on the grass bank this Summer. Few years ago I screened this bed, so the plan is to screen it again. Last year there were alot of Dutch Giants hybrids in this bed as well.

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #205 on: March 26, 2023, 01:33:21 PM »
Guff,

Just curious.  Where in New York are you? That grass bank doesn't look like New York City except for parts of Stattan Island.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F -9.4C.  Rainfall 50" 110 cm + but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight. Soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus. 
Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #206 on: March 28, 2023, 07:54:54 PM »
Wonderful view.
I've never had seeds from my C.tommasinianus, either. Last autumn I planted more and different ones, if that was the problem.
Or maybe it is still too cold when they flower here (not yet).

Do you get seed on your other Crocus Leena? C. tommasinianus generally seeds prolifically in gardens here, but then you have a slightly colder climate than us!  ;)

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #207 on: March 28, 2023, 08:31:43 PM »
Guff,

My experience with K Van B is thaty they ship stuff that is true to type but poor in quality.
Marc Rosenblum

Falls City, OR USA

I am in USDA zone 8b where temperatures almost never fall below 15F -9.4C.  Rainfall 50" 110 cm + but none  June-September.  We seldom get snow; but when it comes we get 30" overnight. Soil is sandy loam with a lot of humus. 
Oregon- where Dallas is NNW of Phoenix

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #208 on: March 29, 2023, 08:27:06 PM »
Guff
By screening do you mean digging up the bed and then sieving to catch the bulbs?

Guff

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Re: Crocus crossing
« Reply #209 on: March 29, 2023, 10:31:44 PM »
Jeff, yes. I should have enough to finish the bank.

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Love this one. Probably going to have to get my camera out. Taking pictures with iphone isn't the greatest, too hard to get in focus closeups.


 


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