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Simone Gar
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I have never breed a plant for anything so I am totally clueless. I am wondering how tough it is to try breed a flower for different colours. I am specifically thinking Globe Flower (Trollius) as they are only available in orange, yellow and white/cream right now. Is that even possible? Do I just cross pollinate and see if I can get more flower colours from the new seeds? I would take any other colour for now
 
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Simone Gar wrote:I have never breed a plant for anything so I am totally clueless. I am wondering how tough it is to try breed a flower for different colours. I am specifically thinking Globe Flower (Trollius) as they are only available in orange, yellow and white/cream right now. Is that even possible? Do I just cross pollinate and see if I can get more flower colours from the new seeds? I would take any other colour for now


For the most part, you can only get out of a breeding project that which is within the natural variation of the variety/species... So if you start with white/yellow/orange flowered plants, I would expect that you'd get variations along the spectrum of white-yellow-orange. There might be other variations for flower size, number of flowers per plant, shape of flowers, etc that could be exploited by an observant plant breeder. Bicolor flowers might be a possibility.

I found couple of trollius photos with purple flowers:
USDA Plant Profile Tollius laxus




Trollius laxus var. albiflorus
 

So if it were my breeding project, I'd obtain seeds from some of the lavender varieties, and learn to grow them, and each year replant seeds from the most lavender.
 
Simone Gar
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Thanks Joseph!!!
Makes total sense and explains what I didn't understand. I'll have to see if I can find these trollius in purple!
 
Alex Ames
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Daylilies are great! You can do much more than breed them for color. Scape length, bloom size, eyes and edges only limited by one thing, they don't do blue. You can get lavender and purple. It takes patience, record keeping and rule following but once the pipeline is full you have a parade of never seen before blooms. It has enriched my life having that to look forward too.
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