While many of our breeding projects and trialing programs focus on enhancing the quality of Longwood’s displays, other projects tend to serve the broader horticultural audience.
This point is illustrated in our effort to identify newer, more effective propagation techniques. The following examples highlight some of the additional research that we are conducting outside of breeding and trials.
Visit our Staff Publications page to read more published articles on plant research completed at Longwood Gardens.
Our researchers are actively working to identify soil blends that will yield the greatest benefit for both the plant and the environment.
This seed produces the wonderful blue cineraria that are always an eye catcher in our late winter/early spring display.
In the mid 1970s, Longwood Gardens began a breeding program to develop improved forms of yellow-flowered Clivia miniata.
We are developing new cultivars from seeds collected from virus-free plants in our collection and refining a protocol for micropropagation of canna’s using shoot-tip cultures from virus-free stock.
Our researchers wanted to determine the optimal seed sowing date to minimize production time while maintaining plant and inflorescence size.
Thousands of yellow florets, which open in panicles, seem to glow in the shade, and absolutely shine in full sun.
It is critical that our mums be free from virus diseases that can cause stunting, chlorosis (yellowing of parts of leaves), and lack of vigor.