Re: Hybridization trends

Oliver T Massey CFS (
Thu, 16 Jun 1994 15:25:43 -0400

> I've been thinking alot about orchid hybrids lately. Everyone is always
> trying to make a bigger flower, different colors, etc. It then dawned on
> me that I had no idea what the trends are in CP. So what are the trends?
> Bigger pitchers? Or is everyone working to make nicer flowers on these
> interesting little plants that we are growing.
> Comments?

It seems to me that for Sarrs and Nepenthes the general aim is desirable
pitcher characteristics - color, size, and shape. I think we are always
hoping for an outstanding and unique mix of characteristics. For Sarrs.
it seems that while some hybrids display hybrid vigor, coloration and
uniqueness sometimes suffer, particularly once you get to 3rd and 4th
generation hybrids. But --<aside> IGOR! bring the brain-- we keep

Tom in Fl