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Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...

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Sommer Gardens / Wednesday, December 9, 2009 / Categories: Brugmansia, Seedlings

Decision time for yet another Angel Trumpet

Today I'm featuring another Angel Trumpet seedling that was carried over from my 2008 watch zone.  It's a beautiful double pink Angel Trumpet from the Brugmansia cross of Adeline x Rosalie.  This particular seedling was labeled #4, meaning I had several from this cross bloom last year.

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What makes this Angel Trumpet stand out from the other double pink brugmansia seedlings I have in my watch zone is the lush, dark green foliage.  The leaves are large and slightly serrated, and the blooms large, fragrant and long lasting. This plant is less than four feet tall and currently has 8-10 of these beautiful large blooms on it.  That's more blooms than its mother, Adeline, has had on it in the entire three years I have been growing it.  Rosalie on the other hand, almost always seems to be in bloom.   My guess is that the plant will double in size and end up topping off at 6-8 feet tall like both its parents.  This plant was one that froze back to the pot in last year's freeze and as a result ended up being a late bloomer.

adelinexrosalie4-2.jpgWhen you have so many seedlings in your watch zone, as I do now, it makes it more of a challenge for a new seedling to prove itself worthy of keeping and registering, or one that should be carried forward in my breeding program.  It was not long ago that practically any double pink seedling that had nice blooms was registered.  For me it takes more than just a nice bloom for an Angel Trumpet to even be considered to be brought into my watch zone.  My guess is that I had at least 25 new double pink brugmansia seedlings this year.  So far this year only a half dozen or so double pinks have been relocated to my watch zone to be carried over to 2010.  Another 6-8 are tagged as potential candidates and have a few more weeks to prove themselves worthy of watching. 

I see no reason why this Brugmansia Adeline x Rosalie seedling should be dropped from the watch zone.  Don't be surprised to see it offered for sale in my online store next summer!

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