Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
22 Apr 2012
New Border Auricula seedlings - Trädgårdsaurikel
New border auricula seedling.
These seedlings were crossed in 2010
and sown in February 2011. I ‘m trying
to create some darker Border Auriculas and these show some promise, I will
trial them for next two years to test their hardiness in Sweden & consistency
Each pot contains circa 10 plants, I
will divide them and those that are in flower will be given a reference number
to so that I can refer back to the photos & check how the blooms perform
over the next two years.
Some seedlings bloom the first year after
sowing, others can take two to three years. Some of my edge & double
crosses have still not bloomed after three years, it’s just to be patient, many
of my best crosses have taken the longest time to bloom.