I do have a couple crosses with capensis (hope to get more as my alba is flowering), including tokaiensis x capensis, sp. Lantau x capensis, and aliciae x capensis. None of the seeds from the cape side got the chance to ripen as the plants happened to be from my outside population, and the crosses done late in the year, but maybe this year....
This one was a disappointment:
This was supposed to be sp. Lantau Island x madagascariensis. turns out, if the light is just a little lower, Lantau leaves easily fool. The flowers are producing seeds, so this is one more I must find a way to retry.
On the other hand, speaking of capensis crosses (see above post), here is the VERY successful: s. Lantau Island x capensis typical
I also have done both-way crosses using capensis alba just over the past couple days with Lantau, spat Fraser, brevifolia, and hopefully soon I will try aliciae, intermedia, maybe tokaiensis of spat Tamlin, and if I'm lucky: D. 'Dreamsicle' x capensis alba.
I like the s. Lantau Island x capensis. Those are some ambitious sounding cape crosses. Imagining capensis x brevifolia certainly makes me wonder. This is always an interesting thread.
A cold one that is not cold is scarcely a one at all. - SB
The leaves continue to get longer on the Lantau x cape, too. Also forgot to update: I also recently tried two-way crosses involving the cape alba with D. affinis and aliciae, along with various spatulata/tokaiensis varieties.
OMG! These are turning out fantastic! Have you tried any leaf cuttings? And when can we expect hcarltons hybrids to hit the mass market?
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I already sell extras on ebay, and advertise on other forums where sales are allowed. I have plenty of extras of a lot of the spatulata x tokaiensis type crosses, and a few extras of many of the others too.
Also, side note: with the filiformis FL giant flowering recently, I attempted crosses between it and D. capensis alba, sp. Lantau Island, and most exciting as it appears may have worked at least one direction: affinis.
The natalensis x tokaiensis began flowering, petals are smaller and more rounded than the seed parent, and a darker shade of pink, so this confirms it as a successful cross!
Also, not a spectacular hybrid, but a new spatulata form made by crossing 'Tamlin' with "Pink flower, Royal National Park, Sydney." The resulting plants are larger than the pink flower plants, and have intermediate flower colors, resulting in a nice mauve, pale pink color.