I’ve put my first seedling that looks promising enough to be planted into the garden up on HelpMeFind rose cultivar database. That puts me as a rose breeder on the site thus cementing my “status” I guess as I now have documented accounts of any rose seedling growing.
It’s not technically my first surviving seedling, I had one seedling from I think maybe 2007 survive long enough to bloom and be planted outside but it is a sickly and a rather homely, stunted seedling of what I believe to be ‘Queen Elizabeth’. It’s dwarf, single blossom type of white-pink that turns used-tissue ugly. Needle thorns. Defoliates during summer. I keep it out of pity for being the first one I ever grew from seed. Being said my success rate can be implied to be abysmally low until this past winter. Winters 2008 and 2009 were also me growing flats of rose seedlings in my dorm room or tried to keep them at home but they just didn’t work. 2010 I was lucky and had four seedlings that performed well and I stuck with them. Three are “sisters” being that they came from the same batch of seeds and probably from same hip, which I lost identification for but I assumed they were open pollinated seedlings of the small shrub ‘Sven’.Thus this currently goes by ‘Sven OP’ but if I like it enough and it performs well it might be renamed something else.
I’m looking forward to see if there are any improvements. Of the three “sisters” it had the healthiest foliage during the summer as I subjected them to live in their own quart sized pots on the steps of our back porch. Two sisters became afflicted with powdery mildew rather easily, while this one stayed relatively clean in the same conditions. I left the two other sisters in their pots over the winter while the clean one got planted in the fall. If they survived the winter in the pot than I would plant them out as it would mean rather hardy vigor and might be worth a second shot. They both unfortunately died, which was disappointing, as I like second chances or comebacks, and they had interesting flowers, but they weren’t strong enough.
It’s not in bloom yet, so sole picture is of a green blob, but considering how large it was when planted (tiny) and how vigorous it’s showing in terms of spring growth, pretty much doubling in size. It has smaller foliage than ‘Sven’. I’m very curious to see what it will be like and its disease resistance this year while in the ground. It did bloom a few times for me last year, which is good for if a seedling shows remonancy that young it means it probably a rather reliable bloomer. The flower was small, less saturated purple-white sort of lilac colored flower I’m remembering, with a decent scent. Hopefully that too might be improved with age.
My page will continue to fill up, I will add the ‘Plaisanterie’ seedlings that have done extremely well so far, I have over a dozen seedlings of that right now that show no signs of dying on me..yet…but we’ll see. I’ll add them as they age and start to bloom actual flowers.