The discshaped cultivars.
It was not immediately the case that Herman was full of enthusiasm for creating fuchsia cultivars with a dish-shaped crown. But the birth of the cultivar 'Loeky' named after his wife, whom he still finds his most beautiful fuchsia, despite the large range of novelties, brought something in motion to Herman as a fuchsia hybridizer.
Creating novelties with the flower shape as a starting point and in particular a spread crown is not something that you do or achieve with a lot of knowledge. Here too, a dose of happiness is involved. Undoubtedly there will have been more attempts by Herman, but in the end 10 dish-shaped cultivars have come to improve the collections of the enthusiasts.
'Loeky' with its soft red calyx and pink crown was the first dish-shaped in 1983, which attracted many female Fuchsia enthusiasts because of its beautiful color palette.
But 'Loeky' as a seed parent and 'Mazda' as a pollen parent also ensured that a different inspection combination came on the market in that year:
'L' Ingenue '(feminine innocence) with red upward-facing sepals and a completely purple-red crown.
'Loeky' proved that the plant was usable for the dish-shaped crown.
Thus in 1986 'Bohemian' ('Loeky' x 'UFO') appeared a red-white cultivar, the white petals of which are remarkably red veined and deeply incised. In combination with the position of the flowers on distant stems, a completely different dimension in dish-shaped form.
'Loeky' x 'Impudence' gave the surprising 'White Loeky' in 1986, with a pink chalice and a completely white crown that is completely horizontal.
In 1989 'Gerharda's Lucia' saw the light of day, a cross between 'Loeky' x 'Mazda' as a seed parent, and 'Golden Glow' as a pollen parent.
The soft orange-pink color, together with the tapered sepals, guaranteed a new shoot on the series of saucer-shaped cultivars.
'Mallemolen' from 1994, a cross of 'Loeky' x 'Satchmo', is with its sepals that have been whipped up completely against the flower tube and with petals that have been turned 45 degrees like sails of a mill, but one of the most striking dish-shaped cultivars .
Purple violet colors with the pronounced white stamens and the long stamper made 'Mallemolen' an eye-catcher.
The same cross but in reverse: 'Satchmo' x 'Loeky' ensured that in 1994 'Trumpet Volontary' was introduced.
From the same crossing in 1997 a completely dark purple saucer-shaped cultivar came on the market with the name 'Houpelande'.
The dark flower colors on this plant and the blooming flowers made the whole eye-catcher.
The only dish-shaped cultivar or Herman that 'Loeky' was not used for 'Earrebarre' in 1989.
Before the crossing, a seedling or F. excorticta x 'Ting a Ling' was used as a seed parent, but also as a pollen parent.
The beauty of this flower is in the perfectly formed dark purple red (aubergine) sepals and bright white petals with striking pink veining, with bright red helmet threads below.
In 1989 'Art Nouveau' came on the inspection which was an F1 from 'Loeky' x ('Loeky' x 'Mazda').
Despite the fact that the same parents were regularly used for these 10 disk-shaped cultivars, Herman has succeeded in creating a variety of shapes and colors in these separate range cultivars by critically observing and selecting.
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Author: M.A. Soeters
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