May 8th, 2018


Статья про мои сеянцы в главном издании Американского Общества Камелий

Наиболее авторитетное издание Американского Общества Камелий опубликовало статью про то, как я селекционирую камелии. В статье я также рассказал про свое детство в СССР:

"... I became curious about camellias during my childhood in the USSR. When I was a 10-year old, I read a Russian book “Travels with Houseplants” by Nikolai Verzilin (in translation to Ukrainian). I was impressed by his story of tea and camellias and I went to buy a camellia at a plant store in downtown Kiev. There I mistook an azalea for a camellia, since the picture in Verzilin’s book was an engraving without scale.

20 years later, in the year 2000, I finally bought my first camellia. At that time I was renting an apartment in Fremont, California and was concerned that my patio was too shady so that fewer plants can be happy there. I mentioned the problem to a colleague at work, my company’s CFO, and she recommended that I buy a shade-tolerant camellia, which can tolerate shade. I recalled my childhood dream, went to a store, and got a pink japonica named ‘Wilamina’. Then I visited famous Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena, California, and met Tom Nuccio. That’s how I got hooked.

Shortly afterwards, I bought a house in Sunnyvale, on a typical 6000 square feet lot, and started the process of converting my backyard into an experimental camellia nursery.

In two years I switched from japonica to sasanqua. The first reason was sasanqua’s sun tolerance. My garden is sunny and hot, and I did not want to build an elaborate shading structure to accommodate japonicas. The second reason was less obvious: I realized that there are more opportunities to find unoccupied niches for new sasanqua cultivars than for the more cultivar-rich japonica. There are tons of formal-shaped, anemone-shaped, true red and striped japonicas, but very few such sasanquas. In addition, sasanquas are better suited as patio plants because they are generally smaller and more dense than japonicas. Finally, sasanquas bloom during the fall and therefore do not suffer from the petal blight disease that marks japonica flowers with brown spots during late winter in California."

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