E.G. Hill is proud to introduce their Constellation®
Constellation® is the first in the new line of E.G. Hill garden spray roses. As it combines the popular garden look with the multiple uses of spray roses, this classic light pink rose has been a hit with retail florists. The flowers can be used as a full spray or added to small table arrangements as individual stems, as is often done with mini-carnations and pompom chrysanthemums.
In recent years, E.G. Hill has concentrated their efforts on specific breeds, including garden spray roses. The combination of the garden rose look in a spray opens up a new world for retailers and consumers. Constellation® is the first product of this new line.
E.G. Hill moved their breeding from Indiana to Ecuador several years ago, due to the climatic advantages. They can better observe the characteristics of each plant and flower sooner in the breeding process, which saves time and enables faster selection of codes with the greatest potential.
The program has been so successful that just in the past few weeks, over 14,000 roses have been pollinated. From this set, over 60,000 seeds with distinct DNA are in the process of being formed. Once germinated, the detailed process of selection of seedlings will begin. The parents include many combinations of proprietary codes and commercial varieties. Only codes from E.G. Hill’s own program are used in the code parents of the process.
Another recent innovation has been the start of a tissue culture laboratory. Agrobacteria has been especially troublesome for the growers in East Africa, and when budwood is shipped from there to the Americas, it often brings the disease with it. By doing the breeding in Ecuador and using tissue culture for initial expansions, E.G. Hill ensures clean propagation material is provided to the growers.
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