I am in the same boat as you as far as wanting things open in tandem. If it looks like you are going to miss blooms that you would like to cross then store the pollen from the early one to use on the late one. I am doing this myself right now. Two methods I have had recommended are to collect pollen on foil and store in frige or cut the bloom and store the whole thing in frige with the stem stuck in water.
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Our best suggestion, Joel, is to use the most select clones. Have an idea as to what a goal may be for any particular cross, and consider vigor and disease resistance as positive attributes to breed for in a hybrid.
If you're looking for new, cool-looking plants, I would avoid the simple crosses, such as flava x leucophylla. While they look nice, there's already a bunch out there and it would be easier to just trade for them rather than raising them from seed. The complex the plants you cross, the more variety you'll get in the offspring. You know what you're gonna get with a leuco x flava cross. If you crossed, for example, hummers hammerhead with ladies in waiting, you could get quite the x-section of plants. Some will probably look a lot like psittacina, some will look rubra-esque, with all points in between. Those in between plants are generally the most interesting, in my opinion. But, since it's your first go at it, do what you want to do, since you never really know what you'll get for sure. Here's a pic of 3 siblings from my first ever crosses. it was a leuco x oreo crossed with an unknown leuco hybrid, probably leuco x alata:
This is another of my first crosses, a nice bizarre looking one. psitt x (purp x minor) crossed with the same unknown leuco hybrid in the previous pic:
i'm hoping they all survived the winter, since i've lost several plants to some kind of rot.
I will be doing one or two complex mixes however I would rather be able to control, to some extent, the outcome.
I was thinking of starting me own line up of simple hybrids and then breed from them. This would make my hybrids in the future totally unique as no one will have my exllens, moorei etc etc
I think this would be a better route for the future however one or two complex crosses a year cant hurt
For instance..for breeding purposes I was not overly pleased with the RTF clones I grew in the collection. So I began making selfing and sibling crosses between them. Out of all the seedlings produced I picked one to keep as a stud breeder. It is a giant among RTF with deep soild red tubes and dark red hoods nearly 7 inches wide.
I then crossed this with S. leucophylla 'Titan' making another S. moorei. The results, as expected, made people stop in their tracks; even other Sarr breeders. When the best of this seed batch flowered I began using IT, (yes only 1), for futher breeding. I crossed it with S.'Judith Hindle', S. oreophila, etc and well...Sarracenia hybrid heaven! The likes of which very few have ever seen. I've also made these exact same crosses using the S. moorei "Big Red" (which originated from me and will be registered soon under the name S.'Royal Ruby') and from these sprouted S. 'Reptilian Rose'; a cross with S. oreophila Sand Mt form. The pitchers are gigantic with the pattern of a lizard's skin in shades of deep rose and pink and smell like old English roses...the real rose fragrance. This cultivar will also be registered this year as well.
So please don't ever dismiss the great potential of simple primary crosses. The only way to get what you're looking for is to keep breeding with only the very best stock, as Trent mentioned. This applies to making crosses with hybrids as well. Remember that old computer cliche...garbage in..garbage out. It helps to have an artistic eye and have a game plan for what you want the outcome to be. There are sooooo many hybrids out there, registered and unregistered, that look like the breeder didn't put any thought into the results.
Currently I am growing out approx. 600 S. moorei seedlings that were made using 4 of my best S. leucophylla, (including a near pure white veinless form) and the 5 best S. flava in the collection. At one year old many of them are close to 12 inches tall and the colors and patterns are breath taking...even at this early stage.
You may not have the space to grow out so many plants but neither do I. Most all of them are grown in large community pots or trays. When the plants begin their 3rd growing season I make my selections and send the rest of them to my other shared nursery. I can usually tell at this stage which are my favorites. I try to keep no more than 3 or 4 plants from each cross...although I did end up keeping a dozen pure red S. moorei from a previous cross. My bad!
This year is the season for S. oreophila crosses. It is a staple in hybridization projects if you want superior growth, color and patterns. BTW...don't forget about using S.'Dana's Delight' as a breeder too. When crossed with really nice forms of S. flava you will get S. moorei type seedlings in glowing shades of reds, purples and fuschia. It is also excellent crossed with S. oreophila. Trust me!