Article: Brugmansia "Sam": Bummer....

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Image Brugmansia "Sam"
By Liz Fichtl on June 9, 2010

When I first started looking for a Brugmansia that had traits I wanted to pass on to a new cultivar I had in mind, Brugmansia "Sam" wasn't high on my list. It had a tendency to produce flowers that never opened fully, rotted without blooming if it was above 80 degrees and grew so slowly I thought I'd be sitting on a long, grey beard before it got to bush size. On the plus side, the flower color was superb - a nice smoldery raspberry color with a brownish cast, it threw triples frequently, didn't lose buds, made fat seed laden pods and it's leaves were thick and green.

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Imagesheryl
Jun 10, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
I believe I got a "Sam" from you a year or two ago - didn't you name Sam after your dog? I just lost it this spring, I think it either got too cool after sprouting or I over watered it.

I guess it's okay, seeing as I'm not about to become a hybridizer - I can't even grow the plant, lol! But congrats on your discovery, you must be very excited!
Imagegordo
Jun 10, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
sheryl wrote:I believe I got a "Sam" from you a year or two ago - didn't you name Sam after your dog? I just lost it this spring, I think it either got too cool after sprouting or I over watered it.

I guess it's okay, seeing as I'm not about to become a hybridizer - I can't even grow the plant, lol! But congrats on your discovery, you must be very excited!


Thanks! No, I didn't name it. Actually, my dog's name is Jonathan! I am excited about it and am making more Sams for seed production. Hey, I have a few plants I've killed too, so join the club! LOL!

Can't grow a vegetable to save my life, and I've managed to turn some bulbs into sticky mush before I got the hang of how to grow them correctly. Its all live and learn stuff - and we're all in learning mode.
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Imagesheryl
Jun 10, 2010 5:31 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
LOL, that's true, isn't it?

Maybe I had a different "Sam" - I got it in a co-op, so....
Imagekenboy
Jun 10, 2010 6:35 PM CST
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
Delisa Harvey was the seedling parent and she named the Brug after one of our Great Pyrenees. I will always keep a Sam around, just for that reason and I am excited he is making such a pollen parent. He has always been a slow grower for us but has bloomed well. It is nice to know his genes live on. Keep up the good work Liz.

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Imagesheryl
Jun 10, 2010 6:41 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Thanks for clearing that up - I *knew* there was a dog in there, somewhere, lol...
Imagegordo
Jun 10, 2010 7:13 PM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
Well, I'll be...
Sam is a slow grower, but a pure delight. I lost mine during last December's freeze, but a friend sent another that's growing beautifully.
I've even got an offset growing as a back up.
I don't intend losing him again.

Thank you for your kind thoughts.
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ImageChrissy100
Sep 4, 2010 6:25 AM CST
Name: chrissy
rural Sydney Australia
be a light, not a judge
Hi Liz
Your Sam made me a beautiful baby.
Many thanks
Creamsickle X Sam grown from your seed bloomed in just over a year.
loves warm temps and has set pods for me much to my great delight.
So yes I am a Sam Fan Lovey dubby
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it's a beautiful day don't let it get away.
Imagegordo
Sep 6, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
Dang! What a cutie!

Well, I guess that shoots the "you can't cross doubles with doubles" theory to heck!
I've had great success with crossing doubles.

So glad the seed brought you joy!
My mission is accomplished!

Thank you for reporting!
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ImagePerennialgirl
Jan 1, 2011 4:59 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Wow, Chrissy! Your Creamsickle X Sam is a beauty!

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