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December 4, 2009

Making a Better Camellia: Breeding at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens established hardiness trials and a breeding program in the early 1960’s to evaluate and develop camellias that can tolerate colder winters. These efforts have lead to the release of two of the hardiest Camellias ‘Longwood Centennial’ and ‘Longwood Valentine’. As Camellia breeding and hardiness evaluation continue at Longwood Gardens, the selection of commercially available hardy camellias will increase.
November 6, 2009

Mum's the Word: Longwood Grows Mammoth Mum

The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum (known in Japan as Ozukuri) refers to a technique, originating in China and expanding to Japan several hundred years ago, for growing an extremely large Chrysanthemum, with a goal of producing the maximum number of flowers possible on a single plant.
May 29, 2009

Yucca treculeana Thriving in Research Trials

Yucca treculeana is native to southwestern Texas in the USA and Chihuahua and Durango in northeastern Mexico (USDA Zones 8-10), but has been living in the Longwood research trials since 2003.
April 10, 2009

Growing Clivia From Seed

In late winter and spring, your <em>Clivia</em> may be displaying some beautiful fruit. <em>Clivia</em> with yellow flowers will produce yellow fruit, while <em>Clivia</em> with orange flowers will produce red fruit. The fruit is actually a berry that contains seeds inside. If your<em> Clivia</em> did not produce fruit this year, it may not have been pollinated. Pollination is a simple act that is accomplished by taking ripe pollen that sheds easily from the anthers onto your finger or a Q-tip, and placing it on the stigma.