Since I bought my first Passionflower, about 20 years ago, I dreamed about creating my own hybrids.
The hybridisation of Passionflowers is remarkably easy. Transfer the pollen of one plant to the stigma of another plant and a fruit will develope. But before gowing your first plants from your own seeds, the fruit will have to ripen and produce viable seeds.
But when my first own plants finally started to grow and form buds, I had to realize, that there's more to it than just transferring pollen.
My first hybridisation gave me exactly three (!) seeds of which I'd consider two as "cripples". One wasn't even growing well, the second one had ugly, crippled flowers.
The third one, on the other hand, grew very well and it's flowers were by far less deformed than the others so I decided to keep it. The following year the flower stabilised itself and it turned out to be super rich flowering. Last year I named her Passiflora 'Dani', even though I won't officially registrate it just because there are already too many similar hybrids out there.
In 2018, after a long break, I started breeding again. It is my goal to create more hardy Passionflowers. First I cross pollinated P. incarnata, P. caerulea and P. caerulea 'Chinensis' to get hybrids called P. x colvillii.
After a lot of seeds have germinated in winter 2018, many of them grew well under artificial lighting and became pretty big plants during the year and most of them already bloomed in their first summer.
The first picture shows my IncCch-18-1. It's the one I'm curious about the most. It's incredibly vigorous and has opened a lot of flowers. I have actually never seen such combination of colors. The glowing magenta core, the dark purple inner ring of the corona and the light blue outer ring.
Next year I want to pollinate the best ones of 2019 with P. tucumanensis and try to keep as much of P. incarnata's pink color, which is quite hard because the blue color seems dominant.
To be continued...