15 years of trials and errors !!!
'MANpurple' is the "Grandfather" of all my Miniature
||‘MANpurple’ , Mander 1991
||Hybrid Tea, m
||Mount Shasta (Gr) x Super Sun (HT - a sport of Picadilly)
||Was never introduced. Used it for breeding only.
||Purple/cream bicolor, very attractive color, 20 petals, dia. 12.5
cm, eye catching, decorative form.
||Medium, dark green and glossy
||Very good. It never had mildew nor blackspot in its 27 years of
existence. I only spray fungicide once a month from April to September.
||Average, to zone 5.
||Up to 150 cm tall, (5 feet)
||Blooms continuously until the first frost.
||This rose was "born" in 1974.
(registered codename) laid the groundwork for things to come. It is
a beautiful purple/cream bicolor and I have never ever seen
mildew (even without spraying for 10 weeks) on my plants for over 25
years now. There
is a beautiful photograph of 'MANpurple' in the October 1997 American
on page 27, plus there is a photo of it in my HT Gallery.
I am sure, came from 'Piccadilly' through its sport 'SUPER SUN'. Since
parent was white, it was a puzzle where the purple came from. I tried
to trace back both parents, but I soon came to a dead end and did not
find any purple ancestors anywhere. So it must have been a fluke, a chance
in a million.
Since I was seeking to introduce the color
realized in 'MANpurple' into my future hybrids, I used its parents
repeatedly for several years
trying to come up with a non fading purple/cream. I soon gave up on this
idea however, as I had no luck. All I was getting from hundreds of seedlings
was pink, red and white colors and not a single one of mauve or purple,
any bicolor. I could only wonder if the purple bicolor of 'MANpurple'
would ever repeat in my new seedlings.
Changing direction, I began crossing
'MANpurple' with other cultivars. First as a seed parent, only a few
seeds were produced over several years
and not a single one ever germinated. Then, when used as a pollen parent
I have tried it on every H.T. and Fl. I had. Again, very few seeds were
produced, fewer still germinated and all I got was red or pink seedlings.
The years went by and it was already 1987/88 when I gave up on big roses.
I never gave up completely though,
and changed directions once again. In 1988 I had my first miniature rose,
which I subsequently budded to a tree
'n' Shine' and I knew it had been used extensively by many breeders.
In 1989 I counted 105 blooms on this tree rose and I decided that I might
as well pollinate as many as possible with 'MANpurple'. Maybe, just maybe,
I thought, the purple/cream bicolor will finally come through? My efforts
produced about 75 hips with more than 600 seeds from which about 100
germinated. Half of the blooms were just white while others revealed
colors of yellow, scarlet, red, pink and some bicolors as well. But finally,
at long last: a few came up with the purple/cream bicolor blooms that
I had been seeking for 15 years.
All in all, I had a total of only five seedlings
with this most elusive color. Two were floribundas and three were miniatures
and only one of the minis turned out to be non-fading. It was also very
mildew resistant and the most vigorous seedling I had ever produced.
Thinking it a gem, I registered this rose in April 1992 as 'Rubies
'n' Pearls'. And so my "Canadian Gem Series and
Rainbow Collection of Roses" was born.
MANpurple was never
introduced as it opens too fast and fades rapidly and I only used it
for breeding. There is a photo of Manpurple in my Hybrid Tea Gallery.