Adrien wrote: ↑Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:47 am
On the discord server someone mentioned that there’s a couple cultivars like ‘Holland Red’ and ‘red Burgundy’ that can be propagated through seed or divisions... why is that? I thought they were supposed to be exact clones to be a cultivar. Wouldn’t it be a “strain” if it was produced through seed? I don’t even know, someone please explain. Lol.
Taxonomically speaking - Things get messy.
Cultivar is the lowest-rank taxonomy (below species and subspecies and form and anything else). They are also made through various ways (I grew hercules x self x baineskloof, soaked em in hydroxyamine and sowed them, 6mo later now I have a cultivar being published this June).
The issue with cultivars is there are often many, many wrong things with them.
Example 1: The cultivar where a form should have been named. D. californica 'Othello', named for the green plants, inspired by Othello, the criminally jealous general. While the epithet of this is nice and all, B. Rice mentions that the plant is 'othello' if it is Antho free. This is generally called f. viridescens (in other plants, even in S. leuco), but in Darlingtonia, this form is replaced by Othello, a cultivar. Nevertheless, if you find a field of antho free D. californica, you are free to sell them as Othellos.
Example 2: The cultivar where no cultivar should be named. An exceptional cross like P. x aphrodite could be an example. They registered the entire cross of agnata x moctezumae that they carried out. As such, there are probably north of 1000 clones of Aphrodite. This is why I personally believe cultivars should be hand-selected plants and not a whole cross.
As a general rule, selfing a plant is never an option you even could not self a plant that allows cultivars to be named by seed and call it the cultivar name. This seed is genetically compromised, and seed should always be called 'x self'. If you have two individuals that are not of the same clone you can cross them and it will be labeled xOP (x Other Plant) or just write Other plant x Plant if need be.
However, if your cultivar's rules are met (as in Othello) or it says you can be propped by seed, you are *technically* allowed to label the seed as a cultivar.
Thank you for listening to this guide about why cultivars are terrible and we CP growers should be able to use Greges instead. Please write to Jan Brittnacher about using greges. It would make life so much better.