From seed to flowering a brug can take up to two years for evaluation. If its going to be registered, it should meet a certain criteria. Is the bloom unique? If it isn’t particularly unique is the plant’s growth habit one that’s useful for perhaps adding stamina to other, more delicate existing hybrids? Is the plant easily reproduced? Is it a bug magnet? Does it produce lots of blooms often? Learning about your brug seedling’s behavior is essential before you consider registering it.
Once it is registered, you should consider ways to reproduce it, or use it for a season to make seed. We choose the latter, because we consider a plant’s ability to make seed very important. Remember, you have one tree and EVERYONE wants a cutting or plant! LOL!
The next move is propagation and preserving enough stock to include a reasonable trunk and “Y”. You still want the tree to be able to bloom and produce seed. We suggest air layering on tall plants. That way, you still have the flowering part of the tree available for seed production while roots are forming. Once roots have formed, you can cut off the section with roots and pot it up. The remaining long trunk should be good for a few good sized cuttings.
So, with careful planning, you end up with perhaps:
1. An air layered shorter plant with “Y”.
2. Two or three rootable, chunky cuttings.
3. About a 6″ stock in your 7 gallon pot.
Remember, this is during the first year AFTER release. You now have 5 cuts of the original brug tree. Those precious three cuts are the first public offering of your new hybrid. Once they’re gone, you have to wait another year to be able to make more cuts, or grab offsets as they become available. So, its slow going.
Its important that you go through this process, if you want your new hybrid to get into as many gardens as possible. Wide distribution is essential for keeping your hybrid circulating throughout the community and assuring it a long life in gardens around the world.
So, when you see a new hybrid and ask for a cutting, the hybridizer isn’t being naughty by saying no. They just don’t have anything of sale size at that time. It takes a while.