New Sport Star
In September of 1998, a different color sport was discovered
on a plant of Glowing Amber here in West Canada by a member
of our local rose society. He had noticed the different color bloom only
after it had been fully open for days. It was a pink/cream bi-color and
he called it Pinky. He than contacted our local miniature
nursery, Select Roses, with whom I work.
The nursery did not attempt to root any cuttings at that time because
of unseasonably high temperatures of approximately 85F, so the nursery
me to try to root the sport cutting, as I had rooted hundreds of miniatures,
sometimes at extremely low or high temperature conditions.
Since I started hybridizing miniatures 10 years ago, I have done most
of my own root cuttings. My method is the primitive way under
my growing lights in the basement using a dishpan 10x14 which
holds 20 small 2-1/2 pots with a clear plastic sheet over the top.
I made two cuttings out of the sport stem I received, but the temperature
inside the tent where I normally root my cuttings was 90F. Knowing that
this was way too high and that I might loose the cuttings I set the dish
pan directly on the concrete floor in the northeast corner of my basement
and hooked up a light over it. I knew that the ideal temperature was
70F to 75F maximum, but it was still 80F inside the tent and my only
was to put reusable icebags (Blue Ice) underneath my dish pan.
Finally, I managed to lower my temperature to 76F. Even then I lost more
than half of the leaves on the cuttings but managed to get them both
It took a total of 5 to 6 weeks before I had new growth and was able
to transplant the cuttings into larger pots. This compares to normal
when the roots come through the pots drainholes in only 12 to 20 days.
It was sure a relief after I managed to root both cuttings.
Now came the suspense of waiting for the first bloom to appear. It finally
opened in early December. To the surprise of everyone it was not pink/cream
but a beautiful amber/orange with a golden reverse. All other characteristics
are identical to Glowing Amber.
From this stem I made two new cuttings which rooted very fast in about
15 to 20 days, just like Glowing Amber does. In January
1999, I had more blooms and took five more cuttings. By the end of
I was able to take 15 more and some of those were already cuttings from
cuttings. During March, I took another 20 and in April I made a total
of 90 more and things were going so well that in just seven weeks from
the time I started the cuttings (now with bottom heat of 76F to 80F
they were rooted and transplanted into larger pots), I had the first
blooms and was able to take 3 to 4 cuttings per stem, but with two
sets of leaves
only and did not pull off the bottom set of leaves.
During the month of May, I was making cuttings from cuttings, from
cuttings already. My numbers were increasing so fast now that I
managed to make 125 more plants in May.
I would like to mention here that by early March, I could have gone to
the local mini nursery and done all my own root cuttings at their mist
propagation system but as I was doing so well the primitive way
and was getting 99 to 100% rooted I thought: Why change my method
By early June I had added another 100 plus new cuttings and it was high
time to clear out my overflow conditions everywhere.
I was now able to send several dozen rooted plants plus 150 unrooted cuttings
to the Mini-Rose Garden for their propagation to have 1000 plants minimum
ready for their year 2000 USA introduction. At the same time (mid-June),
I had also send 3 dozen plants to several US rose friends for testing.
Now at the end of August 1999, I have appr. 150 own root plants of the
sport in my own yard. 63 of those are in 2-gallon pots already which gave
me 260 bud eyes two weeks ago. Of those, 110 were sent to my agent in
England and 150 were budded here in West Canada. About 60 are in 1-gallon
pots and 30 in smaller ones. All those smaller pots are in full bloom
right now and I could have started another 200-300 new cuttings if we
But now, eight-1/2 months after I started with the two cuttings in early
Dec. 1998, we have now made a grand total of approximately 1150 new plants.
About 900 of those are own-root made by myself and the Mini-Rose Garden.
Theoretically, we could have increased our total number of own root plants
to about 2500-3000 easily by the end of 1999.
I came to an agreement with the rose friend who discovered this sport
that he has the Canadian rights and he named it after his granddaughter,
Brittanys Glowing Star, for Canada only.
But, I have the rights for all other countries and applied for the name,
Amber Star(MANstar). Later this year, plants of
Amber Star will be sent to Australia, New Zealand, France,
Italy, Argentina and Uruguay, along with other varieties of mine.
The most interesting story of this sport of Glowing Amber
is its ancestry. This, I believe, should be of great interest to hybridizers
and to rosarians who like to trace parentage of certain roses.
We will have to go back five generations to the hybrid tea Piccadilly
(McGredy 1960). Glowing Amber has the same bi-color as Piccadilly,
which in 1967 produced an orange/yellow sport, Super Sun,
which I got from England in 1971 for hybridizing purposes. In 1974, one
of my crosses of Mount Shasta x Super Sun produced
a purple/cream hybrid tea which I registered as MANpurple.
There is a long, long story behind MANpurple which spans 15
years of hybridizing efforts. (For details see the October 1997 American
Rose, Miniature Gems from George Mander, by Robert B. Martin,
Jr.). Finally in 1989, my first miniature crosses, RisenShine
x MANpurple, produced RubiesnPearls,
with the purple/cream bi-color I had been seeking. Then, in 1994/5, I
produced Glowing Amber with the cross of June Laver
And now, 31 years after the Piccadilly sport, Super
Sun, Glowing Amber produced the sport Amber Star.
It is a bicolor that is almost identical to the color of Super Sun.
The only difference is that we now have a miniature and have come full
In closing my story about the different sports, I will have to revise
my original color description of Amber Star. It should be
,opening amber-orange with base and reverse gold changing to salmon/yellow
in hot and sunny weather and aging to pink/cream.
Finally, my first test report of Amber Star received from
California reads as follows: Based on what Ive seen so far,
I think its going to have a great future on the show table.
( Reprinted from the Winter 1999 Rose Exhibitors Forum,
page 13 )
( Robert B. Martin, Jr., Editor )