Lawrence Trevanion, Australia

Breeding down

September 16, 2015

Categories: Breeding, Daffodil Types, Hybridizing, Intermediates, Miniatures, Seedling

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The project of breeding highly bred modern daffodils towards miniatures is starting to yield promising results.

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This one started miniature but is now 60mm

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This little one is completely unexpected. It is a first flower and it is hard to believe it is truly miniature but it seems certain it will be at most a small intermediate.

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2 responses to “Breeding down”

  1. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    To have smallness and good form is real progress Lawrence. Your work is remarkable.


  2. Lawrence Trevanion, Australia Lawrence Trevanion, Australia says:

    Thanks Dave

    I’ve just tested Indian Maid pollen and the news is not entirely bad. It looks highly sterile, much less fertile than it looks, but a few grains do sprout. They are of variable size, so interpreting this in the way Theo Sanders does, you might get a rare fertile hybrid from it if you cross it with a fertile inter-sectional jonquil hybrid such as Limequilla. And you might get a rare fertile hybrid if you cross it with the cyclamineus/Bambi types i.e. the jonquilla disappears from the pedigree: – this might give you some color from Jezebel but I expect you will also get size, so getting color into miniatures by this means will probably take another generation or so.