Seeds worth saving: antirrhinums
Six years ago I sowed seeds of a mid-sized antirrhinum that I think was called ‘Constantine’. I liked it a lot because some had dark leaves and it included some nice flower colours. But there were pinks and yellow and I don’t really like them together. The habit was compact but not too short and I collected seeds. I do not think it is available any more so I was glad to have saved some. Over the years I have been keeping an eye on them and some selfseeded. If they were close to the dark leaves and pink flowers that I wanted I let them grow and I collected seeds. Then this year I grew a large batch of them and we pricked out only the darkest seedlings.
The result is very satisfying. So far all the plants have a consistent habit, have very dark leaves and pink buds that are opening to blush pink flowers. They are a bit paler than I would like but I think they are pretty nice. I have one plant that is doing something very strange – I will show you that soon – and I think a few plants might have pinker flowers but for some reason these are slow to bloom. In the meantime, what do you think of my new antirrhinum?
Very nice. I will keep my fingers xxx that you make your fortune from it!
well keep your fingers crossed but dont hold your breath!
That is cool that you have the patience for selecting those that you like. I let my self sown annuals do what they want. After few generations, they stabilize with what works for them. For orange and yellow nasturtium, that is just fine. For all pink cosmos, it can get boring, but nice nonetheless.