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by mnemko
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Petite Knock Out Rose - AVOID
Replies: 64
Views: 5232

Re: Petite Knock Out Rose - AVOID

So, en toto, where I come down on this is that major players should honor the patent--paying a royalty to Meilland for use of Petite Knockout in breeding. But us little guys, who will almost certainly not make net profit from playing with it, would not be on Meilland's radar so we wouldn't suffer at...
by mnemko
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Petite Knock Out Rose - AVOID
Replies: 64
Views: 5232

Re: Petite Knock Out Rose - AVOID

It would seem that the probability of an amateur like us generating a variety that is not only commercially viable but lucrative enough to be on Star's or Meilland's radar and their genetically testing that variety to see if Petite Knockout is in the background, and then suing to take it off the mar...
by mnemko
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen
Replies: 9
Views: 2152

Re: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen

Henry, thanks to you, in an abundance of caution, I'll use heavier freezer bags with quailty seals to store the seeds for the 4-6 weeks they'll be in that closed crisper section of the fridge. Somehow though, I think something else will kill me first.
by mnemko
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen
Replies: 9
Views: 2152

Re: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen

Henry, the plastic baggies are sealed and the Clorox so dilute and it's in the crisper section of the fridge, I'm not worried. Thanks though.
by mnemko
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen
Replies: 9
Views: 2152

Re: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen

Dear Henry, Thank you for caring to warn me about pulmonary risk re Clorox. The undiluted Clorox bottle (narrow opening) is open for just the moment it takes to pour a capful into a pyrex cup. Then it's immediately diluted 9-fold. I do that a total of 3 times in November. Although I'm old (will be 7...
by mnemko
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen
Replies: 9
Views: 2152

My method in a nutshell, esp. the case for using mixed pollen

I save time by using just 4 females: Oso Easy Italian Ice (The best.), SunSprite, my seedling (Italian Ice x mixed.) and one wild card: One of my seedlings I haven't tried as a female that is a fine cultivar in its own right and looks like its sex organs are intact--Decent size ovaries, plenty of st...
by mnemko
Wed May 27, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: first roses of the year
Replies: 29
Views: 3144

Re: first roses of the year

You might look at the pot plants at your supermarket or Big Box Store and look for varieties that have small foliage (so when normally grown it doesn't get large) and, of course, a beautiful flower with perhaps 20 to 30 petals, then peel away the petals of one flower that is almost open to see wheth...
by mnemko
Tue May 26, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: first roses of the year
Replies: 29
Views: 3144

Re: first roses of the year

I use small minis as males to get my progeny down to windowbox-size, my goal. So, I've crossed Oso Easy Italian Ice with an unnamed Por La Mar pot plant (grows to only a foot tall) that has 30+ velvety red petals of fine form. I care a lot about disease resistance but the rest of this rose's package...
by mnemko
Tue May 26, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?

Very helpful. I will now, in taking pollen, take only from the best plant and, what the hell, the best individual flowers on the plant. Now seeing this year's seedlings bloom, I continue to be impressed with Oso Easy Italian Ice as a female. I'll be back-crossing onto it the pollen from the best see...
by mnemko
Tue May 26, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Experience with prospective parents?
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: Experience with prospective parents?

I've been using Oso Easy Italian Ice for two years now. It generously produces a decent percentage of doubles, disproportionately white/pink/yellow blends but some more saturated ones, of good form and health on a compact (1 to 2 foot) plant. I've crossed it with small minis (I mix the pollen), espe...
by mnemko
Wed May 20, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?

I'm getting more variability. On one plant, the flower is bright yellow with red edges, on another, it's like the picture you send--various forms of pink and yellow blend. It is a wonderful rose in the garden--healthy, covered with well-formed 15-petal flowers of those beautiful colors you see in th...
by mnemko
Sun May 17, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?

All are own root. And as I said, sun, soil, fertilizer, pots, are essentially identical.
by mnemko
Sun May 17, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: first roses of the year
Replies: 29
Views: 3144

Re: first roses of the year

Re microminis, I've now chosen to use them only as pollen in that Oso Easy Italian Ice is so good as a female. The micros I continue to use are the Por La Mar deep velvety red (unnamed) with 30+ petals and perfect HT form with small enough leaves that its true nature is micro-mini. My two plants of ...
by mnemko
Sun May 17, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Is pollen's DNA the same on all flowers of a plant?

Some flowers on a given plant have more or fewer petals and different coloration. The cause doesn't seem to be cultural--that is, different amounts of sun on that flower, nor different amounts of water on the petal, nor insect damage. Is the genome of two flowers on the same plant identical or would...
by mnemko
Sun May 17, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: For Love of Roses
Replies: 9
Views: 1556

Re: For Love of Roses

Last year, he requested to test five of my varieties. I sent him wood. He said none of them took.
by mnemko
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Unique black spot resistance gene from 'George Vancouver' is better characterized
Replies: 19
Views: 3382

Re: Unique black spot resistance gene from 'George Vancouver' is better characterized

Is the cosmic scheme of things, the $10 is worth it triploid or not. What we need now, perhaps more than anything, is hope of a big win. It's a little like betting $2 on a relatively long-shot horse: a little thrill at the possibility of a big win, and if you lose, no biggie. At minimum, if you can ...
by mnemko
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: Unique black spot resistance gene from 'George Vancouver' is better characterized
Replies: 19
Views: 3382

Re: Unique black spot resistance gene from 'George Vancouver' is better characterized

Is it possible that focusing TOO much on eliminating strains of BS, cerco, etc, we're ignoring a larger good? It appears it will take decades to make significant progress on this while at the same time creating a commercially wonderful plant? Are we not losing sight of Sam McGredy's urging that you ...
by mnemko
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: The cross that's worked best for me
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: The cross that's worked best for me

It seems more than worth it to have a rose that: a) sets some seed b) holds promise for building in additional BS resistance and most important c) Is an excellent rose in its own right: perfect non-fading yellow, 25 broad-enough petals, glossy, mildew-resistant foliage on a compact plant. Yes, it's ...
by mnemko
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: The cross that's worked best for me
Replies: 2
Views: 500

The cross that's worked best for me

This year, like last, my best cross is Oso Easy Italian Ice x mixed pollen (mainly elite red pot plants from Poulsen or Por La Mar and also Red Sunblaze as well as two of my best seedlings.) Of course, it's too early to say anything about the plants, but germination from this cross is around 35%, si...
by mnemko
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Rose Hybridizers Association Forum
Topic: first roses of the year
Replies: 29
Views: 3144

Re: first roses of the year

And here it is in the ideal stage. Candidly, I'm shocked that the third to bloom seedling from my first breeding efforts in 20 years (and I had none so nice 20 years ago) is so pretty, so I thought I'd share these pix of it with you in hopes of inspiring you to perhaps try the cross: Oso Easy Italia...