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On St. Swithin hybrids and Flower Count (moved from growlists forum)

This is a discussion on On St. Swithin hybrids and Flower Count (moved from growlists forum) within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Sue, does a St. Swithin hybrid produce a multi-floral paph? I have a couple crossed ...

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    Sue, does a St. Swithin hybrid produce a multi-floral paph? I have a couple crossed with parvis and am not sure what to expect.

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    In hybridizing, the flower count of the average offspring is not the arithmatic but the geometric mean of that of the parents. So, instead of adding the flower counts and diving by two, you multiply the flower counts and take the square root.

    If I remember correctly, St. Swithin tops out around five blooms, and delenatii usually has one, but can have up to two. Thus, the root of (5 x 2) is 3 (rounded off). So a really well-grown Deli Saint with good parentage could have up to three, but two is much more likely (e.g., if we change the numbers above to a less exceptional 4 for St. Swithin and 1 for delenatii, we get (4 x 1) = 4, whose square root is of course 2).

    Hope that made sense.

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    Very cool - thanks, Sue!

    I wasn't sure if multi-floral was a genetic trait that either got passed on or not, but it sounds like if one parent was multifloral the offspring should be to the extent of your formula.

    Thanks!
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