17 YEARS of TROPICAL AND DESERT PLANTS
Glauca X elata
Posted by Kate on July 9, 2015, 5:33 am
I was just thinking that if pollen from elata was used to pollinate a glauca it would probably look like elata but be even more cold hardy. Is that what a stricta form of glauca is? I was thinking it might create a elata look alike that can grow maybe 20 feet but be super cold hardy to maybe zone 4. Thoughts?
Re: Glauca X elata
Posted by Tim MA z6 on July 9, 2015, 5:52 am, in reply to "Glauca X elata"
Hi Kate Yes glauca x elata would be a nice cross. That's difficult since glauca blooms before elata. It's possible if we find someone in a colder area and someone with an elata in a warm area. Perhaps they could mail the elata pollen My glauca finished blooming 2? Weeks ago and my elata hasn't opened up yet. I have some glauca and some stricta pollen in the fridge so I could do a elata x glauca cross
Posted by Eckhard Germany z7 on July 19, 2015, 4:27 pm, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
Hi Tim, Gerhard Gussmag in Austria did Yucca glauca x elata in 2013. If you like I can send you some seeds. My seedlings are doing well but our last to winters where not really cold but wet. Eckhard
Posted by Tim MA z6 on July 20, 2015, 10:38 pm, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
Hi Eckhard, Thanks for the seed offer but my garden is overflowing. Y elata seems fully hardy here. I'm sure the people in zone 5 or colder will like that combination very much. Do you have photos of your seedlings?
Posted by Eckhard Germany z7 on July 21, 2015, 4:20 pm, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
Hi Tim, the same for me but as I'm addicted to Yucca I cannot stop. I collect them to be planted outside sometimes when there's a little free space in the garden. But to be honest, I always start with seeds or seedlings. Maybe I stop when I exceed 1.000 Yucca plants and seedlings but who nows Eckhard
Posted by Tim MA z6 on July 21, 2015, 7:54 pm, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
I wish I had a huge farm. I'd plant Yuccas everywhere!
Posted by Kate on July 9, 2015, 11:05 am, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
Hi Tim, I didn't even think of that. Do you know how long yucca pollen stays viable if kept cold? Would it last a whole year do you think? Before you were saying that the pollen donor is typically the one where most of the characteristics come from. ideally I guess the elata pollen would have to fertilize the glauca to get a tree. Now I wish I owned a little land in Canada lol. Maybe there is some way to push off blooming for the glauca. Once that glauca 'maxwell' seedling you gave me a couple years ago gets a little age, I will put down ice packs on ground around it daily. 😊
Posted by Tim MA z6 on July 10, 2015, 6:45 am, in reply to "Re: Glauca X elata"
Not sure how long pollen lasts. With proper storage I would think quite a while. The stricta 'maxwell' blooms a little later than regular glauca so this will help
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