Last September I read an article about hybridizing passifloras and decided to give it a shot. I can’t believe my first (and only) attempt worked! Take a look at this incredible case of beginner’s luck and then scroll below for details.
Crossing passifloras involves little more than tweezing off the pollen-laden anthers of one variety (the father) and rubbing them across the stigmas of a different variety (the mother.) If the process works, the mother plant shows a bulge in the ovary within a few days. Over the next 4-6mos–when conditions are right, and in Florida they typically are–the bulge matures into a fruit containing seeds for a new hybrid.
At the time of this experiment, all three of my passionvines had open flowers. I chose P. incense as the mother because it was the most mature passiflora in the garden. Being an excessive wierdo, I decided P. lady margaret and P. alatocaerulea should be “co-fathers.” 🙂
I’m no botanist, so I’m uncertain 3 varieties can combine in a single event…but looking at the new flower’s characteristics makes me think it’s possible. In this hybrid I see the shape of Lady Margaret, the paleness of Alatocaerulea and the spotted reproductive structures of Incense.
When labelling new crosses, maternal names precede paternal in a strict botanical format: Passiflora incense x alatocaerulea x lady margaret. I’m usually a stickler for such things, but Maggie dubbed it Passiflora esta and I fell in love with the name. Find out why by clicking here. 🙂
Until next time…
🙂 🙂 🙂
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