Harold Koopowitz, California

New miniature seedlings.

February 14, 2016

Categories: Daffodil Types, General, Hybridizing, Miniatures, Seedling

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Quite a lot of new seedlings are now in flower or have buds coming. The flowers are too early for our shows although I am trying to refrigerate them. But the Livermore show is still three weeks away. Our weather has not helped much. Temperatures have climbed to the high 80s and even low 90s. Not normal for this time of the year. Also it looks as if the much touted El Nino has passed us by. Enough of the sob story here are some pictures.

‘Tamar Fire’ is an intermediate double and I had hoped it would be the gateway for a lot of miniature seedlings. However, I only once ever had a flower with a stigma and I pollinated it with one of Bob Spott’s miniature jonquilla hybrids, a sibling of Spott’s ‘Ho Ho Kam’. It yielded only two seeds. Both have flowered now. One is a single 2W-Y though miniature but the other is an attractive double.

10-056-2 ('Tamar Fire' x jonquilla seedling) 4Y-O

10-056-2 (‘Tamar Fire’ x jonquilla seedling) 4Y-O

Here is a new little double from ‘Glowing Red’ x N. dubius. The fresh flower has some pale yellow coronal segments so I suppose it should be a 4W-Y, but it may turn into a 4W-W with age.

11-117-4 ('Glowing Red' x N. dubius) 4W-Y

11-117-4 (‘Glowing Red’ x N. dubius) 4W-Y

‘Arrowhead’ is a 6Y-R and here it was mated with N. lusitanicus. It gives very smooth little flowers.  A cross between a division 6 and a division 5 flower, I am not sure how to register it. I hate to put it into division 12. Any suggestions?

09-026-1 ('Arrowhead' x N. lusitanicus)

09-026-1 (‘Arrowhead’ x N. lusitanicus)

5 responses to “New miniature seedlings.”

  1. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio says:

    Very nice little flowers, Harold.  If the 09-026-1 always comes with one bloom to a stem, I’d register it as a Div. 6.  Nice reflex to the flowers.

  2. Bob Spotts, California Bob Spotts, California says:

    The cup on 09-026-1 is narrow at the base – much like many Div. 5 cultivars. You might consider Div.5.

  3. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    I love the doubles. I agree with Bob this time. The seedling looks like a 5 to me.

  4. Clay Higgins, New Jersey Clay Higgins, North Carolina says:

    Loved the pictures.

    I’ll swap you my 7 degree “F” nights, snow and ice on the ground for some of your California sunshine!


  5. Suzy Wert, Indiana says:

    I’d like to see it registered as a Div 5 — there aren’t very many 5s which are vivid yellow, unlike the cycs, and it looks like a 5 to me anyway.