Chimera Hybridization

There is some discussion about if chimera African violets can produce seed in the same quantity and with the same viability as other African violets. Attached are two images.

The above image  was taken 3 weeks after pollination of  chimera Kilauea with the pollen of Yukako.  Smaller then expected and it does not look too promising but the outcome is not a function of the fact that you cannot hybridize or cross chimera’s,  it is a function of what plant you use.  This is similar in hybridization of non-chimera plants.  Point of evidence, the plant below is chimera Van’s Evan X self.  Look at that seed pod nearing maturity.  It should yield a high viable seed count.   Understand you do not get more chimeras from these crosses.  You will get 100% non-chimera African violets.

One Comment

  1. Posted April 3, 2012 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I HAVE TO RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH YOU. I USED TO HYBRIDIZE AND GREW OUT SEVERAL THOUSAND PLANTS. I SOMETIMES USED CHIMERAS AS PARENTS AND I DID GET CHIMERA OFFSPRING. OF COURSE, THERE WEREN’T THAT MANY BUT I DID GET MAYBE 6 OR 8 GOOD ONES. WORK AND FAMILY CUT MY HOBBY SHORT (I STOPPED IN 1992) BUT IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED.

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